2014 continues to be the year of the major injury for the UFC, as yet another main event was changed at late notice this week.
Light Heavyweight fighter, Jimi Manuwa has had to pull out of his fight against Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua in the main event after he broke his foot, as per Dana White's Instagram.
Ovince St Preux is promoted from the co-main event to the main event, but the fight is down yet another fight and they've only got four ranked fighters on the card.
No event seems safe
The news of Manuwa's injury continues for the UFC a year, where they've multiple PPVs devastated by injuries, to the point that they had to cancel UFC 176 after Jose Aldo got hurt.
UFC 175-178 all had their original main events changed this year, with UFC 180 and 181 also being recently changed with the injuries of Cain Velasquez and Chris Weidman. At UFC 177, the main event was changed the night before as Renan Barao had to pull out of his rematch with TJ Dillashaw after he ill during the weigh-in.
Jones injury the biggest blow
While they've managed to fill those holes with other championship fights, events like UFC 178, where Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier gained so much hype with their public brawl and verbal war, saw expected buys fall massively after the news broke of Jones injury.
It does raise questions to how hard the fighters are pushing themselves in order to make these fights. It could just be an unlucky streak but at the same time, when it's happening so often.
Could a rule change help some matters?
The recent news from the California State Athletic Commission, that they want to move towards adding a weigh-in on the day of the event, and have fighters set to a minimum weight could help matters.
It's well-known that many fighters lose a lot of weight via dehydration - which then makes them more injury prone and could be why some spend so long on the sidelines.
Both Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez and Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis will have not fought in over a year by the time they step back into the cage and the UFC is moving towards interim titles.
Velasquez will have to face the winner of Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt, and if not, he could be stripped of the title altogether.
The UFC is clearly lenient with their champions and their recovery time, so it's not like they're forcing them back against their will - but it's also clear, that something has to change.
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