With Featherweight champion Jose Aldo hurt (details here) and women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey unable to save another event (find out why), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has "postponed" its next planned pay-per-view (PPV) show, UFC 176, which was scheduled for Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2014.
Kevin Iole passed along the bad news via Twitter.com, revealing that Aldo will be re-booked to rematch Mendes most likely sometime in Oct. 2014 at an undisclosed/unnamed event and/or location (unclear if it will head back to Los Angeles at this time).
The heretofore dubbed UFC 177, which takes place at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2014, will remain the same, which means that for first time since UFC 151 in Aug. 2012, the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will be forced to shutter an event because of a lack of depth/star power.
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta issued the following statement (via Yahoo!Sports):
"At the end of the day, this doesn't happen very often, but in pay-per-views, we want to maintain where we have a title on the line. Unless it's a special event, like an Anderson Silva or something like that, we want [to have a title fight headline] a pay-per-view, so we've decided to go ahead and postpone the event."
It's unclear at this time how many bouts from the ill-fated Los Angeles card (see it here) will be relocated to Sacramento. It would make sense to transplant the co-main event, Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza, at the very least to bolster a PPV show that has no other official bouts besides the main event at this time.
UFC 177 will feature Bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw, defending his newly-won title against former 135-pound kingpin Renan Barao (32-2, 1 NC) in the marquee match up of the evening. Dillashaw shocked the MMA world at UFC 173 this past Memorial Day Weekend, dominating Barao for most of their five-round affair before polishing off the Brazilian in the final frame.
Stick around -- more details are hopefully on the way -- specifically the options available for existing UFC 176 ticket holders.