It appears that the curse that plagued UFC 108 this past January has returned for this January’s card. Just three days after being presented the first UFC featherweight championship belt by UFC President Dana White, Heavy MMA reports that newly crowned division champion Jose Aldo is being forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 125 title defense against Josh Grispi due to an injury.
Josh Gross of Sports Illustrated noted on his Twitter that the injury is “a compacted vertebrae causing tingling in both arms” and that Also is “out at least a month for therapy.”
Aldo is the last WEC featherweight champion who most recently defended his title at WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan in September, where he defeated challenger Manny Gamburyan via KO.
The bout was a replacement for the originally scheduled heavyweight clash between Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin, which was cancelled due to Carwin needing back surgery. No announcement has been made on which bout will replace the Aldo-Grispi title fight as the UFC 125 co-main event.
UFC 125: Resolution is scheduled to take place on Jan. 1 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be headlined by UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defending his title against top contender Gray Maynard.