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Aldo Out, Poirier in for UFC 125

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This week, UFC 125 was dealt a serious blow as the newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion; Jose Aldo was forced to withdraw from the card. He was set to defend his title against 14-1 Josh Grispi. The champion has been suffering from a compacted cervical vertebra that has caused pain in his back and arms. While Aldo wanted to continue on with the fight, he was informed by doctors to take a month off to allow his body to heal.

Stepping in to take Aldo’s place is Dustin Poirier, who brings an 8-1 record into the Octagon. Poirier was last seen at WEC 52 where he stopped Zachary Micklewright by TKO. Grispi will be carrying a ten fight win streak into UFC 125. Even more impressive is that 13 of his 14 victories have been decided by submission or knockout.

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This is the second fight that has been removed from the UFC 125 card as heavyweight strikers Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson were supposed to fight. Carwin was forced to pull out due to needing back surgery while Nelson is currently facing contract problems that have left his next UFC appearance uncertain.

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