UFC 176 cancelled after Jose Aldo injury

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Jose Aldo in his fight against Urijah Faber
Jose Aldo in his fight against Urijah Faber.

The UFC has decided to cancel the UFC 176 Pay-Per-View event after headline fighter Jose Aldo suffered a neck injury that made him unable to compete.

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Aldo Out

The UFC released the following statement on the cancellation:

"The UFC® has announced that the UFC 176 Pay-Per-View event scheduled for August 2nd will be postponed. The featherweight championship fight scheduled to headline the event at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles was dropped from the card last week when champion Jose Aldo sustained an injury making him unable to defend his title against No. 1 ranked featherweight Chad Mendes."

"The featherweight championship between Aldo and Mendes is expected to take place later this year and all other fights slated on UFC 176 are being rescheduled for upcoming cards."

Previous Precendent

This type of thing has only happened once before in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In September 2012, UFC 151 in Las Vegas was canceled when Dan Henderson suffered an injury just days ahead of a title fight against Jon Jones.

Aldo actually withdrew from the fight due to the injury last week. At the time, president Dana White announced that the holder would not be out for too long and said UFC 176 would go ahead. 

Rousey Out

Ronda Rousey was a possibility to defend her unbeaten streak and take the headlining spot, but the star of the women's division has been medically suspended for the rest of the year due to hand and knee issues.

The 10-0 Rousey popped a cyst on her knuckle in the process of beating Alexis Davis in the face and getting the win just 14 seconds into the fight.

UFC 177 is still taking place - as 177 - on August 30th in Sacramento, California. 

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