It appears UFC 125 may be temporarily left without a co-headlining bout, as news broke late Tuesday that featherweight champ Jose Aldo will likely be withdrawing from the card due to an injury he suffered while training for the New Year’s Day card.
Aldo, who was officially awarded the UFC Featherweight Championship over the weekend during UFC 123, was scheduled to defend his belt against 14-1 contender Josh Grispi at the event.
News of Aldo’s situation was originally reported by HeavyMMA, who stated he would be pulled from the show, then later amended by ESPN’s Josh Gross via Twitter who explained the injury was related to the Brazilian suffering a “compacted vertebrae” but that Aldo still plans to fight. The injury is believed to require at least a month of rehab.
The 24-year old phenom is currently on a eleven-fight win streak and is 18-1 overall. He holds notable victories over Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, and Manny Gamburyan, and is believed by many to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.