Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Jose Aldo hurt but will fight on
By Franklin McNeil ESPN.com
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffered a swollen foot and several scratches Saturday after a car hit the motorcycle he was riding in the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro.
The injury is not expected to prevent Aldo from defending his title Oct. 13 against former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 153. The fight will be held at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
It was not known which foot Aldo injured.
"The only concern is the swollen foot, but there was no fracture," Aldo's trainer, Andre Pederneiras, told Brazil-based website tatame.com. "He is going to rest this week and get back to training next week.
"He also has some scratches on his knee, leg and butt, but we believe there won't be a problem."
Aldo, who fights out of Rio, has a professional record of 21-1. He will be making the sixth defense of the 145-pound title he won in November 2009 while competing in WEC.
"I suffered a fall, but it was nothing more," Aldo told Brazil-based esporte.uol.com. "There is no problem."
In his most recent bout, Aldo knocked out then-unbeaten Chad Mendes in the first round on Jan. 14.
Aldo was scheduled to fight top featherweight contender Erik Koch at UFC 153, but Koch suffered an undisclosed injury that forced him to withdraw from the bout.
Edgar, who was looking to make his featherweight debut later this year, agreed to replace Koch when UFC officials offered him the title shot. The New Jersey native will enter the Octagon against Aldo with a record of 14-3-1.
Edgar lost his lightweight title to Benson Henderson on Feb. 26 by unanimous decision. He also lost a disputed unanimous decision to Henderson in their rematch Aug. 11.