Another fighter has gone down with an injury. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is now out of his UFC 149 bout against Eric Koch. That fight is being postponed for now and Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao will headline UFC 149.
This is just another fighter to go down with an injury in the past few weeks. At this point it’s not even shocking when we see a fighter go down, but the cards keep getting weakened.
UFC 147 was a weak card already and the fact that Vitor Belfort is out against Wanderlei Silva makes it weaker. Shogun was supposed to face Thiago Silva at UFC 149, but with Silva going down we now see Brandon Vera stepping in to face the former champion and the fight being moved from UFC 149 to UFC on Fox.
The main event of the Fox card was supposed to be Hector Lombard and Brian Stann, but with Stann being injured Lombard will now replace an also injured Michael Bisping against Tim Boetsch.
It’s almost unbelievable how many fighters are getting hurt, but it’s not anything we can prevent. If we could, the UFC would be doing everything in their power to fix it.
The expanded UFC rosters really help in this times, but it doesn’t only hurt the fight card it also hurts the divisions as a whole. Injuries push back title fights, mix up the division and send it into chaos. This is most visible with the welterweight division currently.
There isn’t much we can do to prevent injuries. The only option is for fighters to train safer, but they still need to be prepared for the fight. It helps that fighters now have injury insurance through the UFC and don’t have to hide injuries anymore, but there seems to be a lot more injuries than in previous years.