In the span of one day, UFC 153 has lost its main event and co-main event bouts.
Just hours after UFC President Dana White announced Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is out of his co-main event fight against Glover Teixiera, the UFC boss confirmed that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has suffered a foot injury and is unable to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar at the Oct. 13 event.
“Now Aldo is out with foot injury. Main and co main in the same day!!” White wrote on his official Twitter account. “Another amazing day at the UFC. We have some work to do”
The featherweight champion was recently involved in a motorcycle accident and was originally reported to have come out unscathed, but news is now surfacing that Aldo has a severely swollen foot that would not recover in time for the event.
Aldo (21-1) was originally slated to face Erik Koch in the UFC 153 headliner, but after “New Breed” suffered an injury of his own, former UFC lightweight champion Edgar stepped up on short notice. Now with Aldo out, it is unclear who which bout will serve as the main event in Rio de Janiero.
The 26-year-old has not competed since UFC 142 in January where he defeated Chad Mendes by first round knockout. Aldo was scheduled to fight Koch at UFC 149 in July, however he pulled out of the event with a leg injury and the bout was rebooked for UFC 153.
It is unknown at this time if Edgar will still compete at UFC 153. Depending on the length and severity of Aldo’s injury, the organization may keep “The Answer” on the card and create an interim belt in order for UFC 153 to have a title fight. However at this point, everything is speculation.
Fight Cove will continue to follow this story as it develops.
UFC 153 goes down from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Oct. 13.