Jose Aldo Injured And Out Of UFC 176

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News broke earlier this week that Jose Aldo had injured himself during training for his upcoming title defence against Chad Mendes at UFC 176. Aldo apparently has injured his shoulder and spine while drilling takedowns.

No replacement has been scheduled as of yet. Tough break for both fighters.

Bjorn Rebney Removed From Bellator Posistion

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Rumours were circulating all over the internet that Bjorn Rebney’s days as head of Bellator were numbered.

Earlier today it was confirmed that indeed, the company’s founder was removed from his position. Rebney released the following statement:

“It is with bittersweet emotions that I announce that I am leaving the company I founded. I have great pride in having turned my vision into reality, a thriving business with television distribution to over 140 countries around the world, a partnership with one of the world’s largest entertainment giants and wide array of sponsors, partners and strategic allies all over the globe.

“This has been a wonderful eight plus years of creation, development and success. I will miss the courageous, strong and dedicated fighters I have had the pleasure of promoting, and equally, I will miss the incredibly hard working, remarkable team that has become a family for me over the years. Viacom and Tim and I differed in our views of the right strategic direction for Bellator, but Tim and I both wish them well.”

Spike president Kevin Kay also released a statement:

“We are excited to have Scott Coker lead us in a new direction. As we evolve the league format from a tournament-based organization to a more traditional model with big fights.”

As you may (or may not) remember, Coker was the founder of Strikeforce. When the UFC bought Strikeforce, Coker signed a three year no-compete claus, that is now expired. This is no doubt great news for everyone as Coker has a wealth of experience in the MMA world, and also garners plenty of respect from not only his new organization, but it’s competitors as well.