The UFC has decided to cancel it's UFC 176 card after Jose Aldo was forced out of the main event with a shoulder injury.
UFC Featherweight Champion, Aldo was expected to defend his title for the second time against Chad Mendes next month but after Aldo suffered a shoulder injury, the UFC has been unable to fill the main event.
The event was due to take place on August 2nd from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
It's only the second time ever that the UFC have cancelled an event, after UFC 151 where Dan Henderson had to pull out of a fight with Jon Jones and Jones rejected the offer of Chael Sonnen on eight days notice.
Rather than rename the upcoming pay-per-views, the UFC will instead count UFC 176 as a 'lost card' like they did with UFC 151.
The reason for the cancellation is that the UFC doesn't feel it can make a high profile enough fight on time and instead of boosting Jacare Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi to the main event, it would be easier for them to cancel the card and move the fights around.
Souza-Mousasi was the co-main event and has big implications on the middleweight division with the two ranked fourth and seventh in the UFC rankings.
The rest of the card had a few intriguing fights with Gray Maynard returning after a loss to Nick Diaz, Bobby Green looking to win his eighth fight in a row when he faced Abel Trujillo and Bethe Correia continuing her quest to defeat all of Ronda Rousey's 'Four Horsewomen of MMA' when she faced off against Shayna Baszler.
Despite a stronger undercard than most of giving the UFC credit for, the weakness of the main event has left many questioning the amount of shows the UFC is putting on a year.
The UFC has increased their number of shows dramatically over the last two years and while there's action only a week or two away at times, it does have a negative effect on fights because injuries pile up faster and top fighters are on different time patterns.
It also raises doubts over the UFC's ability to make PPV stars out of their non-champions. The last non-title fight main event was last June between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans and now the common practise is to put these kind of fighters on Fight Night cards instead.
Either way, the UFC has to move around an entire card worth of fights and will be in the hole financially. The plus side of this is that the upcoming Fight Night cards and UFC 177 will get a little more stacked.
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