If all had gone according to plan it would be UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo stepping into the organization’s infamous eight-sided cage tonight as Brazil’s representative in the main event of UFC 153 instead of Anderson Silva. However, Aldo was forced to pull out of his planned title-defense against Frankie Edgar after his involvement in a motorcycle accident left him injured to the point he had to take a break from training.

Fortunately, though Aldo hasn’t fully healed, it appears the explosive 26-year old is still on track to fight again in the coming months and expects to face Edgar when he does indeed return to the ring.

“I hope to be back by the end of the year, or by January at the latest. The UFC will tell me who I’ll be facing, but I think it’s Frankie Edgar,” said Aldo in an interview with MMAJunkie, also updating fans on his status during the exchange as well. “I feel fine except for some pain in my ankles. I just need medical clearance to get back to full training.”

Aldo holds an overall record of 21-1 but hasn’t fought since this past January, suffering some other health-related setbacks earlier in the year before his most recent run-in with injury.