According to Heavy.com, freshly minted UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo will be forced to back out of his New Year’s Day date with Josh Grispi. It is believed Aldo is suffering from a compacted vertebrae, which was causing tingling in his arms.
The unfortunate news comes just days after Octagon president Dana White handed the Brazilian his new bedazzled UFC belt. Aldo owns a dominant 18-1 professional record and has posted a perfect 8-0 mark in the WEC en route to capturing the title.
He was last seen putting Manny Gamburyan to sleep at WEC 51.
Grispi dons an impressive 14-1 resume and has ended all but one of his fights before the final horns have sounded. It’s likely his time line to return will coincide with Aldo’s ability to get back in the cage.
The January 1st show takes place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A lightweight title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
This is the second co-main event that has been scrapped since UFC 125 was officially announced in early October.
A heavyweight bout between Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson was initially slotted as the co-main event, however the former interim title holder was forced to undergo back/neck surgery.
Here’s the revised roster if Heavy’s report holds true:
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
Cole Miller vs. Matt Wiman
Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens
Mike Brown and Diego Nunes
Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva
Josh Grispi vs. TBD
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida
Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)