UFC 176 became only the second event the UFC has had to cancel after having the main event fall apart. Luckily for the promotion, the active schedule of UFC events has made finding a new home for the fights from UFC 176 relatively easy. It might be hard to keep up with all of the shuffling the UFC has done to find new homes for the fights from the UFC 176 lineup, but we have you covered.

The scheduled main event for UFC 176 was supposed to be a rematch for the UFC featherweight title between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes. The two originally fought at UFC 142, where Aldo picked up the TKO win in the final seconds of the first round. An injury to Aldo forced the Brazilian off the card, which left the UFC with few options. Many of the top featherweights who could’ve filled in either had just fought or were already booked in fights, therefore leaving UFC 176 without a main event. Luckily, Aldo’s injury wasn’t too serious and the fight with Mendes will become the headliner of UFC 179 in Brazil.

Perhaps the card cancellation was a blessing in disguise for UFC 176’s co-main event dance partners. Instead of sharing the spotlight with the featherweight title scrap, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi will now headline UFC Fight Night 50. The two men originally met at Dream 6, where Mousasi scored a knockout victory with an upkick. The rescheduling pushes the fighters’ camps back roughly a month, but both men should enjoy the extra exposure from headlining a card on national television. Odds are the card will receive extra attention due to the fact it’s being held not only on the same night, but in very close proximity to a scheduled Bellator event.

Gray Maynard and Fabricio Camoes, two lightweights desperately in need of a win, have been moved to UFC Fight Night 47, which takes place only days after they were originally set to fight at UFC 176. Maynard is 1-2 since his last title shot and has looked awful in his last two appearances. He has also struggled to remain active, competing only once in 2012 (the infamous Clay Guida fight) and twice in 2013. Camoes is also on a losing streak and is very likely fighting for a roster spot against Maynard.

Bethe Correia will continue to attempt to take out “The Four Horsewomen” of MMA when she faces Shayna Baszler. The two were moved back a few weeks and put on the UFC 177 card. Correia has made it a point to take out the members of Ronda Rousey’s group of friends/training partners en route to a UFC title shot. She hasn’t looked like the woman to dethrone Rousey at this point in her career, but at the very least she’s generating interest in the two squaring off. Baszler was a favorite to win The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, but she lost to eventual winner Julianna Pena in the season’s first fight after teams were picked. Baszler has displayed crafty grappling in the past, along with potential, but she’ll likely be fighting to save her UFC career at UFC 177.

Joining the ladies at UFC 177 are Lorenz Larkin and Derek Brunson, a pair of middleweight fighters. Larkin owns a victory over top welterweight contender Robbie Lawler in his final Strikeforce fight and was part of one of 2013’s biggest robberies against TriStar product Francis Carmont. With two losses in a row, Larkin will be looking to remain on the UFC’s roster at UFC 176. Brunson made a big splash in his UFC debut by taking out Chris Leben and followed that up with a submission win in his next outing. However, a TKO loss to the hulking Yoel Romero has sent Brunson back down the ladder.

While Brunson and Larkin will be looking to keep their place in the UFC, Tony Ferguson and Danny Castillo will be looking to validate their status as rising contenders at UFC 177. Ferguson has looked very impressive since winning The Ultimate Fighter 13 crown with only a single blemish to his UFC record. Castillo has also seen his stock rise in recent times. Castillo is only 3-2 in his last five fights, but he gained a lot of fans after nearly taking out the highly touted Edson Barboza last December and knocking out Charlie Brenneman in devastating fashion at UFC 172.

One fight that was flying under the radar for UFC 176 will now move to UFC Fight Night 47. The fight is a flyweight contest that could determine the next title challenger, and the two participants are Zach Makovsky and Jussier “Formiga” da Silva. Makovsky is the former (and first) Bellator bantamweight champ. He has looked extremely impressive during his UFC tenure. Formiga entered the UFC with quite a bit of hype, but he has struggled to validate those claims during his time in the Octagon. Formiga has dropped fights via TKO against top contenders Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson, but picked up wins over Chris Cariaso and Scott Jorgensen.

Abel Trujillo was originally supposed to face Bobby Green at UFC 176, but with Green stepping in to face (and beat) Josh Thomson on short notice, Trujillo will now face Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 47. Trujillo exploded onto the UFC scene with a dominant win over Marcus LeVesseur at UFC on Fox 5, but he was sent to a wrestling clinic against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 160. Trujillo engaged in a mini-rivalry with Roger Bowling, but laid that to rest after defeating Bowling via TKO at UFC on Fox 9. Trujillo then had an extremely entertaining fight with Jamie Varner at UFC 169 that saw both men within moments of being knocked out before Trujillo landed the knockout punch in the second round. Pearson, meanwhile, is technically coming off a loss, but pretty much everyone not named Diego Sanchez is considering it a win for Pearson. Prior to the poor judging in that cost Pearson the Sanchez fight, the Brit was involved in another controversy when his fight with Melvin Guillard ended in a no-contest due to an illegal knee. Since returning to lightweight, Pearson’s only blemish is the Sanchez “loss.”

UFC Fight Night 49 benefits from the UFC 176 cancellation with the addition of a pair of lightweight bouts—Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin and Walmir Lazaro vs. James Vick. Dariush is 1-1 inside the Octagon. His last appearance was a TKO loss to Ramsey Nijem. Martin also lost in his last bout, his UFC debut against Rashid Magomedov. Vick is undefeated thus far in his professional MMA career and picked up a submission win over Nijem in his UFC debut last August. Lazaro will be making his UFC debut against Vick and has won his last 11 fights.

Finally, Matt Dwyer vs. Alex Garcia was also scheduled for UFC Fight Night 49. However, Dwyer was removed from the bout due to an injury and Neil Magny took his place. Magny is on a three-fight winning streak since losing two straight to end 2013. Garcia sports an impressive 12-1 record overall and has won in both of his Octagon appearances.

UFC 176 may have been canceled, but the UFC found new dates for nearly every fight from the lineup. Fight fans can now take a deep breath on what has become a rare off week for the UFC and many other top promotions.

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.