UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Frankie Edgar at UFC 153 due to a foot injury sustained in a motorcycle accident. It was initially reported that he was unhurt, though it was rumored that his foot was sore. Still, he was clear that it wouldn't affect the fight. Well it did. Nova Uniao head honcho Andre Pederneiras explained the deal to Sherdog and still wants the Edgar fight to go down:
"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."
Aldo himself regrets the incident and is apologetic:
"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."
Hopefully Aldo is able to recover quickly and they can get the fight set up soon. January or February would be great. Until then though, stay off your bike Junior.