Jose Aldo Withdraws from UFC 176 Title Rematch vs. Chad Mendes Due to Injury

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 2, 2014
Jose Aldo won’t be defending his belt in August. | Dave Mandel/

The injury bug has bitten Jose Aldo once again.

According to a report on UFC Tonight, the featherweight has pulled out of his UFC 176 title defense against Chad Mendes due to an undisclosed ailment. A new main event for the Aug. 2 card has yet to be announced. UFC 176 takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and includes a middleweight co-feature between Gegard Mousai and Ronaldo Souza.

Aldo, 27, last competed at UFC 169 in February, when he took a five-round decision over Ricardo Lamas. The Nova Uniao standout first faced Mendes at UFC 142, winning via knockout 4:59 into the opening round.

Mendes has won five straight fights since that setback, including triumphs over Darren Elkins, Clay Guida and Nik Lentz.


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