For only the second time in company history, the UFC has pulled the plug on the fight card announcing Tuesday that UFC 176 has been postponed.
The show scheduled in Los Angeles on Aug. 2 at the Staples Center was set to be headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo against top contender Chad Mendes in a rematch from a bout the two had in 2012.
Unfortunately, Aldo pulled out of the bout with a neck injury that will only sideline him for approximately 45 days, but that was enough time for him to be unable to perform as early as Aug. 2.
The only other time the UFC has had to pull a card like this previously was in 2012 for UFC 151, which was also cancelled after Dan Henderson suffered a late injury forcing him out of the main event bout against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. With less than two weeks to go until show time, the UFC decided to cancel the show entirely and rebook the fights for a later date.
With Aldo sidelined on just over a month’s notice, the options for the UFC to put together a replacement main event were also slim to none and now they’ve been forced to make the tough call to yank the show entirely and reschedule for a later date.
The remainder of the undercard, which currently stands at nine fights, will be shifted to later dates with many of them likely pushed to the UFC 177 card taking place on August 30 in Sacramento. That show is headlined by bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in his rematch against former title holder Renan Barao.
The fight between Shayna Baszler and Bethe Correia has already been pushed to UFC 178 while Bobby Green vs. Abel Trujillo and Zack Makovsky vs. Jussier Formiga have been shifted to UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St-Preux taking place in Bangor, Maine.
The UFC 177 fight card was just recently announced, but has no undercard to speak of right now so moving a majority of the fights from the Aug 2 show makes perfect sense.
As for ticket holders for UFC 177, refunds will be given at the point of purchase for the show no longer happening on Aug. 2. The UFC is expected to return to Los Angeles before the close of 2014 to make up for the lost show, but no definitive plans have been announced as of yet.