UFC 176, scheduled for August 2 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California has been postponed by the UFC after the promotion was unable find a suitable replacement main event for the Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes featherweight title fight.
Jose Aldo was forced out of the main event after suffering an injury during training camp. Doctors have said Aldo should only be out for 45 days. It’s not too long that the fight needs to be canceled but impossible for the two to fight on the August 2nd date.
The UFC stated in their press release that all other fights on the card would take place later this year on other UFC events.
The August 30th rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao will still be titled UFC177: Dillashaw vs. Barao II despite the missing UF176.
This isn’t the first time the UFC has had to cancel or postpone an event due to injury as Jon Jones was supposed to face Dan Henderson at UFC151. Henderson suffered an injury in the lead up to the event. The UFC had trouble finding an opponent for Jones on short notice until Chael Sonnen stepped forward offering to take the fight and save the pay-per-view. Jon Jones and his trainer Greg Jackson didn’t like the idea of taking on Sonnen on such short notice and refused the fight. The UFC had no choice but to cancel the event.
MMAJunkie.com reported early that sales for UFC176 had been brisk, even with an unknown main event and still being a month away, the Staples Center card had generated over $800,000 in ticket sales so far. The $800k was a very good indicator of the potential box office for UFC176. The previous Staples Center best was just under $3m for UFC60, $1.9m for UFC104 and UFC on Fox 4 at $1.1m. UFC176 had the potential to be the second best highest grossing UFC event at the Staples Center.
If you hold tickets for UFC176, they can be refunded at the point of purchase.