UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who was forced off next month’s UFC 153, with an injury he sustained in a minor motorcycle incident, spoke to Sherdog.com and expressed his regret.
He also revealed he still very much wants to fight the former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, just at a later date.
“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.”
With Aldo and Quinton Jackson both pulling out of UFC 153 on the same day, UFC was left scrambling to make replacement fights.
They were able to get UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, to take a fight at light-heavyweight against ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season one runner up, Stephan Bonnar.
They also got Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who has not fought since having his arm broke by Frank Mir at UFC 140, to face Dave Herman.
Quinton Jackson’s vacant spot was filled by Fabio Maldonado, who will now take on Glover Teixeira.