Following another injury prior to a title defense for UFC featherweight Jose Aldo, the upcoming UFC 176 has been postponed. Aldo (24-1), was set to rematch number one featherweight contender Chad Mendes (16-1) in the main event of UFC 176 on Aug. 2nd.
UFC.com announced the news.
There is no word on whether UFC 177 will undergo a change in its numbering or if the UFC will take similar actions from when they had to cancel their first event in their then-19-year history, UFC 151. That event was pulled when UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, turned down fights with potential replacements for Dan Henderson after he was removed from the card with injury.
Aldo’s injury is said to require just a few weeks of rehab and the bout with Mendes will be rescheduled, but no word as to when or on which event.
The UFC has told those who bought a ticket to attend UFC 176 have been directed to go back to their point of purchase to receive a refund. This news comes just a few hours after MMAJunkie.com reported that a source had confirmed ticket sales upwards of $800,000 with three weeks left until the event.
Here is the statement from UFC on their official site:
As the STAPLES Center event will no longer take place, ticket refunds will be offered at the original point of purchase. If tickets were purchased from AXS via www.axs.com or Purchase By Phone, refunds will be received automatically via AXS. Tickets purchased from the STAPLES Center box office can be refunded there, beginning Wednesday, July 9th. Those who purchased tickets at any other outlet should reach out to that original point of purchase and contact them directly for a refund.
Every other fight on the card will be added to various upcoming events. Below is the rest of the card sans-Aldo vs. Mendes:
Ronaldo Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi
Gray Maynard vs. Fabrício Camoes
Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler
Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
James Vick vs. Walmir Lazaro
Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson
Bobby Green vs. Abel Trujillo
Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin
Alex Garcia vs. Matt Dwyer