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Jose Aldo hospitalized with an infection, UFC 237 bout vs. Alexander Volkanovski in jeopardy

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Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo could be forced out of his bout at UFC 237 because of a bacterial infection.

UFC Media Day with Jose Aldo
Jose Aldo
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After a successful start to his 2019, Jose Aldo suffered his first bump in the road while preparing for his second Octagon appearance this year.

According to Combate’s report, the former UFC featherweight champion has spent the last two days in the hospital because of a bacterial infection that sprouted from a small cut.

The report also says that Aldo was hospitalized last Wednesday and did not react well to the first dosage of antibiotics, but showed some improvement in the last 24 hours, not presenting any more signs of fever since last night.

Nonetheless, his bout against rising contenderAlexander Volkanovski, scheduled for UFC 237 on May 11th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, isn’t safe just yet. Doctors stated Aldo needed to show much more improvement before he can be released to perform at the event.

Currently on a two-fight winning streak, Jose Aldo knocked out Jeremy Stephens and most recently, on February 2, Renato Moicano. In recent interviews, the former champion said he wanted to fight three times in 2019 in order to end his UFC contract and retire from the sport.