Breaking: UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffers injury in training…
Before you fans rush to the message boards to make jokes about the injury-prone featherweight champion or lambaste the training methods prevalent at the Nova Uniao gym, or you yet-to-be booked UFC featherweights hit the mats in the hope that a call from the matchmakers might be forthcoming, you should all know that it’s just a cut and the Brazilian veteran still intends to compete against Max Holloway at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro.
Aldo himself revealed the minor injury during an interview with Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate on Tuesday.
“This is a normal cut. I’ve fought with my eyebrow stitched up, once. This one is on the top of my head. It’s a sign of victory,” said the man who is already known by the nickname ‘Scarface’. “I was sparring last week, I went for a double leg and there was a clash of heads. I’m training as usual. The placement of the cut doesn’t hinder me in any way. It’s cool. I got five stitches(Translation via BloodyElbow).
“I’m supposed to take them off tomorrow, but we’ll see. It didn’t change my routine. The day I got cut, I got the stitches and then went right back to train jiu-jitsu. It’s right on the top of my head, where there’s no contact or impact. The cut changes nothing.”
Aldo has a long history of pulling out of fights due to injury. His UFC debut was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 125 on January 1st of 2011 but a back injury forced him out of the event and a bout with Josh Grispi. Since then, he has pulled out of a further four fights, including, most notably, a scheduled clash with Conor McGregor at UFC 189.
That latter contest was subsequently rescheduled for UFC 194 in December of 2015 and McGregor ripped the featherweight title from Aldo with a 13-second knockout victory.
When ‘The Notorious’ one went gallivanting up through the weight-classes, the UFC created an interim featherweight title to throw between hungry veterans Aldo and Frankie Edgar. Aldo scooped the strap with a unanimous decision win over Edgar at UFC 200.
Shortly after McGregor won the UFC lightweight title in November 2016, the promotion stripped the Irishman of the featherweight belt and promoted Aldo to champion. They then created another interim title, which was won by Max Holloway at UFC 206.
The whole mess will finally be resolved on June 3rd when Aldo faces Holloway in a unification bout at UFC 212.