It has been a very bad day for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. First, it was the announcement that the upcoming event UFC 153 had lost it’s co-main event between MMA legend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Brazilian light-heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira after Rampage was forced to withdraw from the fight with an elbow injury.
Now, UFC 153 has lost it’s main event — a featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. It was a superfight that every MMA fan was looking forward to seeing.
UFC president Dana White announced the news via Twitter:
Now Aldo is out with foot injury. Main and co main in the same day!! Another amazing day at the UFC. We have some work to do
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 11, 2012
UFC officials are currently looking for a new UFC 153 main event, which will be the third scheduled headliner for the show.
UFC 153 was initially slated to host a featherweight title bout between Aldo and top contender Erik Koch. Koch was forced to withdraw from his title shot and then he was replaced by Edgar who would have been making his 145-pound debut. Now, Edgar could stay in the headliner with another big name opponent.
Hopefully Dana White and company can come up with a new headliner and find a way to salvage this card. The organization can not afford to have another UFC 151 situation on their hands.
Here is how the current fight card which has been crippled by injury looks:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
- Frankie Edgar vs. TBA
- Glover Teixeira vs. TBA
- Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
- Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
- Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
- Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia
- Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Geronimo Dos Santos
- Gleison Tibau vs. Francisco Trinaldo
- Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino
- Renee Forte vs. Sergio Moraes
- Chris Camozzi vs. Luiz Cane
- Reza Madadi vs. Cristiano Marcello
UFC 153 is scheduled to take place on October 13th at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.