Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo was forced to withdraw from his upcoming rematch against Chad Mendes, which was supposed to go down at UFC 176 on Aug., 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif., after suffering a neck injury in training.
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But not all hope is lost for Mendes and fight fans alike, as UFC President Dana White revealed that their much-anticipated title fight rematch could still happen, just at a later date.
"Aldo is going to be out 45 days. The Mendes vs. Aldo fight can still happen." said White during The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale press conference (video).
According to the Las Vegas fight boss, Aldo's injury is related to lingering issues.
"He always has neck injuries. He always has the neck. He has to do some sort of workout and neck thing," White told MMA Junkie. "I don't know what it is. I'm not educated about it; I don't know what I'm talking about. He's not ready. He'll be ready 45 days later. 45 days after (UFC 176) he'll be okay to fight."
Aldo knocked out Mendes in their first encounter back at UFC 142 two years ago, delivering a well-placed knee on "Money's" chin in the final seconds of round one.
Mendes, meanwhile, has gone on to win five straight, solidifying his spot as the No. 1 contender. After a minor war-of-words between Chad's camp -- Team Alpha Male -- and Aldo's gym -- Team Nova Uniao -- Chad vowed to "beat Jose's ass" after the 145-pound champ vowed revenge for his fallen teammate, Renan Barao.
As for UFC 176 -- which currently features a co-main event pitting Ronaldo Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi -- no word yet on a potential new headliner.