Countless fans were left disappointed yesterday when news surfaced stating UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo had been forced to pull out of an October title-defense against Frankie Edgar. However, chances are no individual was as heartbroken about the development as Aldo himself.

Not only was Aldo unable to prove himself against an opponent as widely respected as Edgar but the reason for his withdrawal was preventable to an extent, as lingering damage from a recent motorcycle accident ultimately led to his camp’s decision to make the call. The 26-year old’s bike was hit a little over a week ago, causing an injury to his foot rendering him unable to train at 100%.

“I apologize to my fans for not being able to fight at UFC 153, something I really wanted,” explained Aldo in an interview with Sherdog. “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.”

The 21-1 Aldo also expressed his desire to still lock horns with Edgar in the immediate future once his foot has healed fully.

“Hopefully the UFC keeps the opponent and postpones this meeting, because I really want to face him,” pled Aldo.

The UFC is currently believed to be seeking a replacement for Aldo in hopes of still having Edgar compete in the main event of UFC 153 though it is unknown if the Brazilian champion’s statements might sway the organization’s opinion. The card is scheduled for October 13 in Rio de Janeiro.