Oftentimes, the injury bug rears its ugly head and does some horrible things. Other times, unexpected injuries blast open the door for bigger and badder things.
With Erik Koch’s abrupt exit from UFC 153, it has allowed former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar to step in and challenge featherweight king Jose Aldo for his crown in Brazil. It’s arguably the biggest lighter-weight scrap that mixed martial arts could arrange.
And abracadabra, one of the most star-studded fight cards of 2012 is unexpectedly born. Just take a peek at the show’s official event poster.
Light heavyweights Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Glover Teixeira serve as the night’s co-featured attraction. Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva, Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado and Demian Maia vs. Rick Story round out the main card. Not too shabby.
HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the October 13th fiesta.
Here is the event’s current lineup:
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Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi
Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
Joey Gambino vs. Diego Brandao
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Gleison Tibau
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Geronimo dos Santos
Rony “Jason” Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia
Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira
Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo (UFC featherweight champion)