With all the injuries in the UFC these days, I didn’t find it very noteworthy that Rampage Jackson pulled out of his fight against Glover Teixeira today after sustaining an injury. The latest development is that featherweight champion Jose Aldo has also pulled out of his title fight against Frankie Edgar today because of, you guessed it, an injury suffered during training. So that’s both the main event, and the co-main event ruined for UFC 153, a ppv event being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here’s Dana’s reaction via his twitter account.
@danawhite: Rampage is hurt and out of UFC 153 RIO. SUCKS!!!!!!
@danawhite: Now Aldo is out with foot injury. Main and co main in the same day!! Another amazing day at the UFC. We have some work to do
Quite the conundrum, but in light of the recent cancellation of UFC 151 after an injury derailed the main event, I’d like to think that the UFC is ready for this eventuality and has measures in place to correct the situation. Cancelling events is not the way to go, and I’m sure we will see some high caliber replacements to salvage what is otherwise a very solid card.
UPDATE: It looks like Dana may have jumped the gun a bit. After seeing Dana’s tweet, Aldo was reported to have responded with the following (translated)
Jose Aldo: I don’t know any about all that. I’m just fine, just finished training for today.
UPDATE: Well, It’s official, Aldo is out. His foot was injured during a motorcycle accident last week, but Aldo was determined to work through it and had shown signs of improvement during training. After struggling with pain during sparring, Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras decided to pull the plug on the fight. He had this to say.
It’s been almost 10 days since Aldo’s motorcycle accident and he had 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 postponed but the opponent kept
Aldo didn’t want to pull out of this fight, here is his statement.
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 Frank 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.