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How to fix UFC 125 after Jose Aldo’s injury

Now that injury has forced newly strapped UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo to withdraw from his first title defense since the WEC was swallowed by its big brother, the card for UFC 125 is looking a lot less like something I want to battle a New Year’s Day hangover to see.

Now, it’s not a total write-off. There’s the lightweight title bout between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard and the always-entertaining Clay Guida facing off with the reignited Fireball Kid, Takanori Gomi. But the remainder of the card is all Chris Leben and Brian Stann and Brandon Vera and Thiago Silva and Nate Diaz and Dong Hyun Kim – which is to say, it’s middling with a chance of exciting finishes. But can’t you say that about any card?

The absence of Aldo, one of the most dynamic and exciting fighters in all of MMA, is like a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking. The UFC needs to do something to make the card more presentable, especially because it’s their year-ending/year-beginning showcase.

So what should UFC prez Dana White do? Well, Aldo was expected to face Josh Grispi, who will now take on Dustin Poirier in a bout likely headed to the undercard – not exactly the kind of introduction White hoped for his newly acquired stable of WEC fighters. So he should consider moving the WEC bantamweight title fight between champ Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen off December 16’s WEC 53 card and into the UFC 125 co-headliner slot and make it a battle for the UFC bantamweight belt. WEC 53 already has lightweight champ Ben Henderson against Anthony Pettis anchoring the event, so one less title bout is no great loss, especially considering it’s the last WEC event and ratings are a moot point. Conversely, he could move the Henderson/Pettis bout into the co-main event position, with the winner of that fight taking on the winner of the Edgar/Maynard main event. Now that would cause some fireworks, I’m sure.

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