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UFC 153: Injury Bug Strikes the UFC Once Again; Aldo and Rampage Forced Off Card

The UFC just can’t seem to shake the injury bug as two big stars are being forced off the UFC 153 card according to UFC President Dana White.

Featherweight champ Jose Aldo and former light-heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson are both being nixed from the October event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, White announced via his Twitter account on Tuesday.

White first tweeted at 3:22 pm EST:

Less than two hours later, White followed up with another somber tweet:

Aldo was set to defend his featherweight title against the former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar even after being diagnosed with “minor injuries”, including a swollen foot, after being involved in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 1.  Aldo said that the injuries wouldn’t prevent him from taking on Edgar, but his ailing foot has proven otherwise.

This is the second time Aldo has been forced off a card in recent months, being scratched from a UFC 149 bout with Eric Koch due to a leg injury.  That fight eventually turned into the UFC 153 main event until an injury to Koch allowed Edgar to step up to take his place.  But with Aldo now sidelined, it is unclear whether the former lightweight champ will remain on the Oct. 13 card.

Meanwhile, Jackson was originally scheduled to face rising light-heavyweight prospect Glover Texeria as the co-main event for UFC 153 but will now be sidelined with what MMA Fighting is reporting as an injured elbow.  No time table has been set yet for “Rampage’s” return nor has Texeria received a new opponent.

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