The UFC’s upcoming return to Los Angeles has taken a major hit.

Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has suffered shoulder and spine injuries and is out of his scheduled title defense against No. 1 contender Chad Mendes. At this time, it is unclear how the promotion will replace the night’s main event.

Aldo was slated to enter the contest riding a gaudy, 17-fight winning streak that spans eight years. The Brazilian has never tasted defeat inside the Octagon and has now defended his UFC crown six times. He was last in action in February at UFC 169 where he cruised to a unanimous decision win over Ricardo Lamas. Aldo previously faced Mendes at UFC 142 in early 2012 in his native Brazil. He knocked out Mendes in the waning seconds of the opening round with a knee.

Mendes, meanwhile, was seeking redemption against the Brazilian. The loss to Aldo was the first and only defeat on his record. Since that time, he’s reeled off five straight wins, including four by way of knockout. Along the way, Mendes became the first man to finish the ultra-durable Clay Guida with strikes. The Team Alpha Male fighter most recently defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 9 in December of last year.

UFC 176 takes place from the Staples Center on Aug. 2 will air live on pay-per-view. The night’s preliminary card is expected to be split between a televised broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and a streamed portion on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. More bouts for the event, as well as the new main event, will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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