Korean Zombie vs. Jose Aldo booked for UFC 163 in Brazil with Anthony Pettis hurt

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Another injury, another main event switcheroo.

So much for the Anthony Pettis experiment.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender, who abandoned his post at 155 pounds to challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight title, has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight against "Junior" after tearing his meniscus.

One man's loss is another man's gain.

Stepping in for him on short notice is Chan Sung Jung, who now headlines the UFC 163 pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 3, 2013. "The Korean Zombie" (13-3) has won three straight fights -- all of them finishes -- and has been clamoring for a division title shot since turning away Dustin Poirier last year on FUEL TV.

Be careful what you wish for.

While I'm sure Aldo is disappointed that he doesn't get to make good on his recent promise to make Pettis regret making the drop to 145, it has to be a relief to finally get back to fighting fellow featherweights. Prior to the "Showtime" shift, "Scarface" was forced to bang it out with Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 in Las Vegas.

Not that it's any consolation to Ricardo Lamas, who also wants a crack at the crown.

Pettis told fans on Twitter that injuries were "part of the sport," which is true, but they've been targeting UFC main events with reckless abandon in recent weeks. It wasn't that long ago when the promotion announced Renan Barao was hurt and forced to leave Eddie Wineland high and dry at this weekend's UFC 161 card in Canada.

Let's hope UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" bucks this trend.

For more news and notes on the upcoming UFC 163 pay-per-view event click here.

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