Untimely injuries have once again created havoc for an upcoming UFC card, as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and UFC Featherweight Champion José “Scarface” Aldo have been forced to withdraw from their respective bouts at UFC 153. The event takes place on October 13th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Jackson had been scheduled to face Glover Teixeira in the co-main event, but an elbow injury will keep the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion on the sidelines. Aldo was booked to face Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, but suffered a foot injury in a motorcycle accident earlier this month.
UFC 153 was to be headlined by a UFC Featherweight Championship bout between Aldo (21-1-0) and Edgar (14-3-1), who himself was a replacement for Aldo’s original opponent, Erik “New Breed” Koch. The co-feature matched Jackson (32-10-0) up against Teixeira (18-2-0) in a battle of hard-hitting light heavyweights that was expected to serve as Jackson’s fight final in the promotion. Both fights have now been scrapped and a search is underway for replacement opponents for Edgar and Teixeira, who are expected to remain on the card.
The latest string of injuries comes just weeks after UFC 151 was cancelled outright due to a knee injury sustained by main event participant Dan “Hendo” Henderson. The promotion’s next event, UFC 152, is set for September 22nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and will be headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Jon “Bones” Jones and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.
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