For the second time in its history, the UFC has pulled the plug on an event. The organization has officially announced the postponement of UFC 176 in Los Angeles. That event had been set for Aug. 2 and was to have been headlined by the highly anticipated featherweight title rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. Unfortunately, the card was thrown into disarray when the Brazilian champion was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury.
The Aldo-Mendes fight will likely be rescheduled for later in the fall, likely in October. The pair first met back at UFC 142 with Aldo registering a first-round knockout win. Mendes earned the rematch thanks to five straight victories including four knockouts. With the postponement, all previously scheduled bouts on Aug. 2 will find new homes on other events.
There had been hope in some circles that women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey might’ve been able to miraculously save the day if she emerged unscathed in her UFC 175 title defense against Alexis Davis. While “Rowdy” disposed of her challenger in just 16 seconds, she sustained a broken hand. When put on the spot in her post-fight interview, Rousey also revealed she required knee surgery. With no other championship fights a possibility on such short notice, UFC brass elected to scrap the entire event.
While hindsight is always 20-20, it’s clear that the organization’s plans to have two PPV events in August after one of the most high-profile events of the year in July with UFC 175, were probably overly ambitious. The organization has already been stretched to the maximum with an expanded event schedule and the major sting of the injury bug.
The next scheduled pay-per-view event will be UFC 177 on Aug. 30 in Sacramento. That card will be headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Renan Barao. The Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler women’s bantamweight bout has already been moved to that event after being originally set for UFC 176.
The promotion’s other cancellation occurred back in 2012 when UFC 151 was scrapped. Dan Henderson was forced out of a light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones because of an injury, and the event was scrubbed when “Bones” refused to face late-injury replacement Chael Sonnen.
The UFC has also announced that the Bobby Green–Abel Trujillo lightweight clash and an important flyweight battle between Zach Makovsky and Jussier Formiga have been shifted to the Fight Night 47 event in Bangor, ME on Aug. 16.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for RantSports.com