Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has suffered an injury and will not be able to defend his title against former Cal Poly wrestling star Chad Mendes at UFC 176 on Aug. 2 at Staples Center, according to a UFC source.
Mendes tweeted about his disappointment Wednesday night.
“Welp it happens yet again with this guy. Weird how often this guy gets ‘hurt’ sorry for the bad news guys I was really looking forward to Taking that belt aug 2. Now I guess we wait to see what the @ufc has planned for me,” he wrote.
The injury was first reported by Ariel Helwani on “UFC Tonight” on Fox Sports 1. There has been no announcement on who might replace Aldo or fill in for the main event.
Aldo suffered a shoulder and cervical spine injury after being taken down in training on July first, according to a release from Aldo’s team, Nova Uniao.
Aldo, who fights out of Rio de Janeiro, had successfully defended his 145-pound title six times, including handing Mendes his lone MMA defeat with a flying knee TKO in the final seconds of the first round at UFC Rio in January 2012. He last defended the belt in February with a five-round unanimous-decision victory over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169.
Since losing to Aldo, Mendes has pieced together a five-fight winning streak, including a three-round unanimous-decision victory over Nik Lentz at UFC on Fox 9 in December.