Injuries have robbed UFC of its star power

Due to an injury to Jose Aldo, UFC rescheduled his fight with challenger Chad Mendes and cancelled...

Due to an injury to Jose Aldo, UFC rescheduled his fight with challenger Chad Mendes and cancelled the pay-per-view event. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

Trevor Dueck, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

UFC 176 was supposed to take place on Aug. 2, but due to an injury to featherweight champion Jose Aldo, the fight was rescheduled and the pay-per-view was cancelled.

Chad Mendes, who was supposed to be the challenger and have another crack at the champion, wasn't exactly thrilled about the decision.

"If Aldo can't stay healthy and is too fragile to go through a training camp, then I think it is time to step aside and let guys who are able to do that and able to push through all that stuff, to be a champ," said Mendes on the MMA Hour.

In response, Aldo decided to write a long-winded letter about how Mendes was using "supplements" — inferring PED use. When fighters get mad at each other, they like to throw out, "Oh yeah, you're on drugs." It's all rather silly.

Speaking of silly, the UFC having to cancel another event, the second pay-per-view in the last two years, is rather unfortunate. Although I want to rant on the over-saturation of the UFC, it's hard to blame that for the cancellation.

Many claim that the UFC cards have become "watered down" and although I would like to agree, what is really being said is the UFC is lacking star power right now.

It doesn't help that Georges St-Pierre is on a vacation, and the heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has been on the shelf with an injury. New lightweight champion Anthony Pettis hasn't even defended his title due to injury and TUF 20 obligations. And let's not forget about welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, who is also dealing with an injury.

It's just one of those years for the UFC where things have not gone according to plan. It's the fight business, where injuries and politics happen. It's almost like people forget about 2013, a time when many were proclaiming it as the best year ever for the UFC and the sport.

I will agree that the current idea of having three events in a month, pay-per-view, UFC on FOX, and Fight Pass, is a tad much, but when you are trying for world domination, you can understand why the UFC wants to hit as many markets as possible.

Right now, they are going through growing pains. Every sport and every brand goes through ups and downs. Many of the disgruntled fans will be watching Jon Jones vs. Alex Gustafsson in September because for that moment, the stars will be aligned.

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