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According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Kevin Iole, the planned August 2 UFC 176 card has been postponed.

This comes as no surprise, as the main event was removed recently after UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffered an injury in training. Aldo was scheduled to meet Chad Mendes in a rematch of a fight won by Aldo in Brazil via first round knockout.

We’ll have more information as it becomes known. The card was scheduled for Los Angeles and the Staples Center. It is expected to be rescheduled for October.

According to a press release by the UFC, the number of the event will just be passed over, meaning the planned UFC 177 card with TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao will still be titled UFC 177 on August 30.

Below is the list of fights previously announced for the card, including a middleweight encounter between Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza:

UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Chad Mendes

Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi

Lightweight: Gray Maynard vs. Fabricio Camoes

Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler

Flyweight: Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky

Middleweight: Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin

Lightweight: James Vick vs. Walmir Lazaro

Lightweight: Bobby Green vs. Abel Trujillo

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo

Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin

Welterweight: Alex Garcia vs. Matt Dwyer

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UFC president Dana White cleared up a few things following The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale Sunday night, appearing on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show.

The card, which brought a conclusion to International Fight Week in Las Vegas, likely also brought an end to the fighting career of BJ Penn.

Penn was soundly defeated by Frankie Edgar in the main event, suffering just the third stoppage loss of his career. The former UFC champion was competing for the first time in over a year.

“I didn’t want to see him fight (Sunday), but he wanted it, and I respect him,” White said. “He’s got it all, he’s one of two guys who have two belts in two weight classes. He’s fought in all the big fights, he’s made a lot of money, he’s got a beautiful wife and family. He’s got his own gym, what more do you want?”

During his post-fight interview, Penn stopped short of announcing his own retirement, but hinted that White was correct in previously stating he should remain on the sidelines.

“I don’t think he wants to say the R word. A lot of them don’t. I’ll sit down with his family and we’ll talk,” White stated. “BJ Penn is going to always have a home in the UFC. He’s our partner in the UFC gym and we’ll do things together in the future.”

As for Edgar, a former lightweight champion himself and one-time contender in the featherweight division, he might be waiting for the right fight to pop up. Jose Aldo was forced to postpone a planned title defense with Chad Mendes, but will only be out for a little while.

“Frankie is the No. 3 ranked fighter in the division. This was a great tune up fight for him,” White said. “People want to see him fight Chad Mendes now that Aldo is sidelined. But Aldo is sidelined for 45 days, so he can still fight Mendes.”

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Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar put forth a dominating performance Sunday night at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, finishing BJ Penn and earning his third victory over “The Prodigy.”

Edgar, who has won two straight following three losses in UFC world title fights, admitted the win was an emotional one.

“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “I said I wanted to finish him, but I almost feel bad about it at the same time.

“Going into this fight, I didn’t worry about what BJ did, I worried more about what I was going to do.”

For Edgar (17-4-1), the win was the first time he’s finish an opponent inside the Octagon since a 2011 TKO victory over Gray Maynard. It was his fifth career knockout finish.

While Jose Aldo is currently injured and will not be able to defend his featherweight title as planned in August against Chad Mendes, Edgar isn’t going to sit and wait for his rematch.

“I want to fight for the title, or a fight that will get me close to a title shot,” Edgar said.

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Former U.S. Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier finally got a chance to put the finishing touches on his amateur wrestling career, defeating Chris Pendleton during the UFC Fan Expo over the weekend.

Cormier, a top contender in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, defeated the two-time NCAA champion, 12-5. The two were both graduates of Oklahoma State University.

“I started wrestling 25 years ago,” wrote Cormier on Instagram, along with a photo of his wrestling shoes left on the mat. “And through it all I’ve gained a lot from this sport. I got to travel the world. I got a college education. I met my heroes. I represented our country. (Saturday) I wrestled my very last match.”

Cormier was forced to miss the Olympics after his body shut down while trying to cut weight. He is unbeaten in MMA, but is currently set for surgery to fix an injured knee. He scored 12 of the final 14 points in the match with Pendleton after going down 3-0.

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