Jose Aldo out of UFC 153: 5 Possible Replacement Fights
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The news came down today that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo sustained an injury and is unable to meet Frankie Edgar at UFC 153. Edgar, a former lightweight champion making his debut at 145 pounds, is himself an injury replacement for Aldo's original opponent, Erik Koch.
And in case anyone is still parading around out there in the rain, co-main-eventer Quinton Jackson pulled out of his fight today with light heavyweight Glover Teixeira.
The latest injury casualties are surely causing chaos out at UFC headquarters as matchmakers scramble to slap together yet another Plan C. Because they are all surely reading, here are five suggestions for possible replacements.
5. Donald Cerrone vs. Frankie Edgar
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Why have only one converted lightweight when you can have two?
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone was asked on Twitter whether he thought he could get down to 145 pounds. His maybe-I'm-joking-maybe-I-ain't response is below. I say make it happen:
4. Anderson Silva vs. Glover Teixeira
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3. Glover Teixeira vs. Chael Sonnen
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Interesting that two men with a world of differences were on the same page for UFC 151. Just as Anderson Silva offered to fight at light heavy to save the card, so, too, did one Chael P. Sonnen.
As with Silva, the UFC should reach out to Sonnen. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I'm sure they could find a new opponent for Forrest Griffin later.
2. Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes
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I like the idea of Edgar, you know, beating someone at featherweight before getting the title shot anyway. If Chad Mendes beats Edgar, that could perhaps signal that he's ready for a rematch with Aldo...er, maybe.
1. Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz III
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Don't look at me like that, Chuck.
Chuck knows he wants to do it. And fans know they want to see it. Chuck Liddell has always said he'd like to fight Tito Ortiz one more time. For Tito, it would allow him to wash away that strange and uncomfortable memory of his "retirement" fight with Forrest Griffin.
Both men seem to be in reasonably decent shape, and they'd have a month to get ready. A whole month! I'd watch this in a second.
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