Jose Aldo was forced to drop out of his fight against Frankie Edgar at UFC 153 due to injury. Photo via Esther Lin/MMAFighting.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Jose Aldo is as tough as they come. But not even "Scarface" is able to take the brute force of getting hit by a moving vehicle and keep on truckin...
Ten days ago, the 145-pound Brazilian bomber was struck by a car while he was traveling on a motorcycle in Brazil.
After an initial report by his head coach, Andre Pederneiras, stated the champion was okay and relegated to public transportation until his bout at UFC 153 for safety precautions, bad news broke yesterday (Sept, 11, 2012) that his injuries were much more severe:
"It's been almost 10 days since Aldo's motorcycle accident and he has improved greatly. His injuries had already healed almost completely, but his right foot was very swollen. Today, during his first sparring workout, he couldn't plant his right foot because of the pain. Because of his and our overwhelming desire that this fight against Edgar would happen, we tried to push it a bit, but we talked after practice and saw that he wasn't able to train for the fight. We would like the fight [to be] postponed but the opponent kept."
Scheduled to headline the promotion's return to Brazil against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, in a ‘super fight' years in the making, fight fans will now have to wait a bit longer to see the two square off inside the Octagon.
For his part, Aldo hopes the UFC merely postpones the bout with "The Answer," because he really wants to fight the former 155-pound king (via Sherdog):
"I apologize to my fans for not being able to fight at UFC 153, something I really wanted. It was a huge thrill to defend this belt at the last event in the city, and it would be even more wonderful to do it again now, against an opponent like Frankie Edgar. I tried everything until the last second to be inside the Octagon, but it didn't happen. Hopefully the UFC keeps the opponent and postpones this meeting, because I really want to face him."
Aldo's last contest took place in Rio, as well, as he defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 142 earlier this year with one second remaining the opening round, connecting on a perfectly timed knee and finishing "Money" off with a few punches for good measure.
Frankie received the surprise title shot after Jose's original opponent, Erik Koch, suffered an injury during training. "The Answer" made the drop to 145-pounds after coming up short in his attempt to reclaim the lightweight strap from Ben Henderson at UFC 150 last month.
Any of you out there hope UFC officials don't give Edgar a new opponent at UFC 153, as well?