So much for starting the new year with some Jose Aldo.
Aldo was diagnosed with a compressed vertebrae in his neck, and the UFC featherweight champion had to pull out of his promotion debut at UFC 125 on Jan. 1, 2011, in Las Vegas. Josh Grispi will now fight Dustin Poirier.
Aldo's title defense was supposed to be the co-main event with Frankie Edgar defending his UFC lightweight title against Gray Maynard. Where the Grispi-Poirier bout falls on the card now is anyone's guess. There's a chance it could still be on the pay-per-view telecast, but likely not.
There are enough established names on the UFC 125 card to move ahead of them in hopes of drawing more pay-per-view buys. See below:
Brian Stann vs. Chris Leben
Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva
Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Granted, none of those fights jumps out at you as co-headliner. But with just five weeks to go until UFC 125, Dana White and Joe Silva will have to scramble to put together something big enough to attract on-the-fence consumers and college football fans. Perhaps Urijah Faber?
This is the second co-main event for UFC 125 to be scrapped due to injury. Shane Carwin pulled out of his bout with Roy Nelson earlier with a back injury.