While there’s little argument against the inherent entertainment value involved in this weekend’s headlining bout between Anderson Silva-Stephan Bonnar, until a month ago UFC 153 was scheduled to feature a title-fight in the main event pitting featherweight champion Jose Aldo against former lightweight king Frankie Edgar. However, the match-up was unfortunately cancelled when Aldo suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle accident and was forced to withdraw after failing to heal as fast as he’d hoped he would.
With the ill-timed situation behind him, Aldo is now looking forward to the future and his likely meeting with Edgar down the road. He’s also learned his lesson as far as his preferred mode of transportation goes.
“No more motorbikes for me,” said Aldo in an interview with MMAJunkie. “I’m young, so obviously I do mess up once in a while. But I learned my lesson, and I’m not going to ride anymore.”
Though Aldo still doesn’t have a date for his return to the ring, he assured fans he is healthy again and simply waiting for a physician to give him final approval before resuming a full time scheduled inside the gym.
“The sooner the better,” admitted an anxious Aldo of when he hoped to be back to business. “As soon as the doctor says I can start working out again, I intend to do so. I’m ready, I’m recovered, but the doctor needs to say I can. The fight with Frankie was going to be a great fight – I was really looking forward to it. I got really excited when I signed the contract and I just want to go out and do it.”
“I think he’s one of the best fighters in the class and will be a big challenge for me. All my career has been challenges, so I want this challenge,” he concluded.
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