Aldo, Rampage out of UFC 153
September 11, 2012
MMA Junkie reports that Jose Aldo is out of UFC 153 with an injury. The news piled on the fact that earlier today co-main event participant Rampage Jackson was out as well.
Aldo was set to do battle with Frankie Edgar after Edgar stepped in for an injured Erik Koch. The UFC thought it was out of danger after Aldo escaped serious injury after a motorcycle accident last week. But, today’s announcement leaves the UFC in an all too familiar spot of trying to fill-in spots for injured fighters. The news of Rampage Jackson’s injury was a precursor for the Aldo news.
The Aldo injury puts a damper on the whole PPV and the buzz with the fight occurring in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil once again. There is speculation that the UFC may move Jones-Belfort to 153 from 152 to appease the Brazilian fans although that may upset fans in Toronto. A definite slippery slope as the UFC is heading to two big cities with rabid fans. The fact that Canada and Brazil have passionate fans may alleviate the economic hit the UFC may take with these late scratches. The UFC must really scramble as 153’s loss of main event and co-main event make the card susceptible to cancellation if it cannot reschedule fights.
Today’s injury announcements must have the UFC bring into question the issue of fighter training and what is going on with the endemic of injuries among its fighters. While the UFC has nothing to do with fight camps one has to think the UFC has to involve itself with this year’s injuries.