UFC 176: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 Has Been Cancelled

July 8, 2014
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UFC-176-475x300For the second time in its 21-year history, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has cancelled an event. The Las Vegas-based fight promotion announced the development on Tuesday in a statement.

“The UFC has announced that the UFC 176 Pay-Per-View event scheduled for August 2 will be postponed. The featherweight championship fight scheduled to headline the event at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles was dropped from the card last week when champion Jose Aldo sustained an injury making him unable to defend his title against No. 1 ranked featherweight Chad Mendes,” read the statement.

During the UFC 175 post-fight press conference on Saturday, UFC president Dana White said Aldo’s injuries would only sideline him for 45 days. The rematch with Mendes will take place at a later date.

“The featherweight championship fight between Aldo and Mendes is expected to take place later this year and all other fights previously slated for UFC 176 are being rescheduled for upcoming cards. The August 30 Pay-Per-View event will remain titled UFC 177: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO II at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento,” the organization said in the release.

Ticket refunds will be offered at the original point of purchase.

The only other time the UFC had to cancel an event was in September 2012. UFC 151 was originally scheduled to featured light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his title for the fourth time against former two-division Pride champion Dan Henderson. A knee injury forced Henderson out of the fight. Chael Sonnen offered to step in for Henderson, but Jones turned down the bout, and the fight card was scratched.

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  • bajafox

    I still can’t figure out why this card and UFC 177 are PPVs…

    • taylor2008

      Its all about the greed with Dana. Its not about the fans regardless of what he says.

      • bajafox

        At least now we get Souza and Moussasi free

        • taylor2008

          I like the Cerrone and Miller fight for free. I like both of these guys to its hard to cheer for one or the other. Also Matt Brown and Lawler is a good fight….but Lawler is going to KO brown.

          • bajafox

            Lawler needs to rematch Hendricks, I like Brown but I think Lawler deserves another shot

      • Vincentson

        He runs a business so yeah… its about money. And like it or not, their just aren’t enough of us fans for him to cater to us and stay relevant.

        • taylor2008

          No s–t its a business. I was talking about the fight pass deal. Why have people pay for it when you have PPV, FS1 or Fox?

    • TheCerealKiller

      That’s why I sit in the firstrow for these cards.

  • Pick A Name

    How does Greg Jackson figure into this?

  • Seth

    That one shows exactly that UFC puts too many PPVs :/ You can put basically whatever fight you want on FOX (Thats why we have that stupid Bigfoot/Arlovski fight) but you need something legit on PPV. At this point UFC is running out of PPV headliners :/ They should drop number of PPVs, at least for a while so they can build up a few headliners for them

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Aldo is stalling, hoping that this fight will get rescheduled in Brazil where the reffing and judging will be more to his advantage.

    If Mendes was smart, he would refuse to fight him in Brazil. Look at what happened the last time with Brazilian refs and Brazilian judges.

    • Mike mckinney

      You should look up who those “Brazilian refs, and judges” are on a UFC ppv. I think you’d learn something interesting to yourself.

      • BarrysHypocrisy

        Really……because Mario Yamasaki, you know, the ref who ignored Aldo’s blatant fence grab is……….Brazilian. If you’d check, you might learn something also.

      • Mike mckinney

        My point was that UFC ppv’s most often have the same refs and judges as the US does. If you’re saying Mario is biased then that’s fine, but he’d likly be biased reguardless of where he is.

    • Usmc8408

      refuse to fight him in brazil? how about he become champ first before he, or anyone thinks they can decide where to fight. you want MY belt? you come take it from ME, i don’t come to YOU!

  • Mike mckinney

    You’re not taking into account the people who’ve already bought tickets, and buissness that have bought the ppv.

    If the UFC puts a bigger name guy as a headliner and then swaps it with “lesser names” then they lose trust with those people who buy their product. I have/had 1st row tickets to the Aldo fight. You think I’d buy tickets again if the ufc didn’t at least match with star power?
    Also note that Brazilians travel well. It would be really tough on those flying to see Aldo to get stuck with another non Brazillian.