Fertitta: Rio possible for Aldo vs. Mendez or an interim title

by Kirik Jenness |

ZUFFA CEO Lorenzo Fertitta appeared on FOX Sports Live to discuss the cancellation of UFC 176, and what comes next.

Fertitta said that the Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes main event may get moved to a PPV card scheduled for October 27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or earlier the same month. Further, Fertitta said if Aldo is not ready by October, and interim title fight could be planned.

"You know, it was a very difficult decision to make," explained Fertittal. "And part of the reason we decided to postpone it is because Jose Aldo's injury is a neck/shoulder injury, which, he's saying he's not going to be able to train for only three weeks.

"So it was a situation where certainly he wouldn't be ready for August 2nd, but at the same time, he's not going to be out for very long. So it's going to allow us to essentially postpone this, and reschedule this event for sometime in the early to mid fall, probably in October.

"We just felt like that made the most sense. In addition to that, obviously on pay-per-view events, there is typically a championship bout on the card. And quite frankly right now, there is nobody that could turn around quick enough to be able to fill the August 2nd slot."

"We don't have a definitive date yet. We do have a date set for a PPV on October 27th, but we haven't decided whether Jose would fall on that date or not."

"Right now we have a date scheduled in Rio de Janeiro for October 27th. And we're looking at a couple of other location for earlier in October as well."

"UFC 176 will probably become a question on Jeopardy at some point, as the event that never happened... The balance of the fight card will be dispersed among the various fight cards we have coming up on FOX Sports 1 and or FOX. We're going to try to get them fights as quickly as we can because obviously we want to keep them busy and keep them active."

Fertitta was asked if Aldo was not available, who would they put on the card?

"That's a great question," he replied. "We've got some other great contenders in Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson, that certainly could step up and vie for some type of an interim title. We're going to know more in about two weeks.

"Aldo was told by his doctors to not do anything for three weeks. We're about one week into that. We're going to regroup in two weeks, and if Aldo is not going to be ready to go by October, then we're going to have to sit down, and see if we can do an interim title. And if that's the case, like I said before, the good thing is that we have a lot of really, really good contenders in that weight class that could challenge Chad Mendes for an interim title."

The hardcore fanbase has maintained for some time that there are too many fights, and Fertitta was asked if he thought this was a sign of that.

"You know what, I don't think so," he replied. "I think sometimes these come and go in and kind of ebb and flow. Last year we went through the entire year and I don’t think we had to replace one card. This year, unfortunately, this happened.

"Overall, at the end of the day, we have all of these guys coming back. The Fall for us - the lineup in the fall - is going to be pretty strong, as all of our champions are coming back, and we've got some loaded cards on FOX Sports 1. So we're excited about moving forward from here."

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UGCTT_CrestRio site profile image  

7/9/14 1:20 PM by UGCTT_CrestRio

Interim title?When did Cain last fight? Pettis? My friend is a huge Pettis fan, has forgotten Pettis is champion.

Mutant site profile image  

7/9/14 1:10 PM by Mutant

Interm belt talk already so why haven't LW and HW had them yet the Champs are injured and not defending the belt. The seems like an excuse to get the belt of Aldo for some reason.

Il Duce site profile image  

7/9/14 1:09 PM by Il Duce

Payback to Alddo for his critical statements. So fucking weird.

Pitbull3744 site profile image  

7/9/14 1:05 PM by Pitbull3744

Do brazilians get injured the most?

evh site profile image  

7/9/14 12:56 PM by evh

""UFC 176 will probably become a question on Jeopardy at some point, as the event that never happened"if this keeps up, Weak Cards that the UFC Cancelled will be it's own Jeopardy category

DWTF site profile image  

7/9/14 12:38 PM by DWTF

According to Jose Aldo he cannot train for three weeks. -  I didnt realize he was a fighter and a medical doctor too!

kevsh site profile image  

7/9/14 12:24 PM by kevsh

I have a question for Lorenzo: Can we get an interim UFC until the fight company we all knew and loved comes back? You know, the one that had strong enough PPVs that even a main event being cancelled didn't ruin it?Clearly the company is hurting, is in no shape to perform at the highest level and they've been that way for awhile. Give us something to tide us over until they get themselves sorted out, thanks.

The Power Double site profile image  

7/9/14 11:19 AM by The Power Double

Aldo defended his title in February and the UFC is saying if he isn't ready to defend it again in October, they'll make Mendes vs Cub for an interim title?Doesn't make sense.Aldo's one of the all-time greats and he's still only 27. I hope the UFC treats him well.

BigWilliam site profile image  

7/9/14 11:14 AM by BigWilliam

Is Cruz still champ? I know they let him hold that title for what, 2 years before having the interim introduced. Aldo is out three weeks and they want an interim belt already? How about a little consistency in how you treat your champions there guys.

The Power Double site profile image  

7/9/14 11:13 AM by The Power Double

Legit wut