Frankie Edgar was in line for another crack at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight title, currently held by Max Holloway, at the upcoming UFC 218 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (Dec. 2, 2017) inside Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Instead, that opportunity will go to Jose Aldo.
That’s because “The Answer” was forced to withdraw after breaking his face in training camp, an injury that hurt his pride more than his skull. But promotion president Dana White has a few questions for the ex-lightweight champion.
“My question for Frankie – and I haven’t talked to Frankie yet, Frankie is in Russia or something right now, I think – but how do you break your orbital in training?” White asked reporters (via MMA Junkie).
More on that origin of that injury here.
“Unless it was a freak knee to the eye in wrestling or something like that,” he continued. “Who’s hitting you that hard in your training camp that you break your orbital? That’s insane. Anybody know the answer to that question?”
Hey, “freak” accidents happen.
Aldo (26-3) was finished by Holloway when they first went to war at UFC 212 back in June, a loss that came on the heels of a unanimous decision win over Edgar in summer 2016. Holloway (18-3), meanwhile, has captured 11 in a row.
To see the finalized UFC 218 fight card and line up click here.