Featherweight ace Jose Aldo will not defend his title against Chad Mendes come UFC 133 as previously believed.
The Brazilian champion found himself complaining of a numb arm the morning following his title defense against Mark Hominick.
While it was not immediately certain whether Aldo would find himself shelved or not, it’s now been officially confirmed that Jose will not be fit to compete by August.
The Nova Uniao representative reached out to Sherdog.com and addressed the issue, clarifying the extent of his injury.
“I had a problem with my cervical vertebrae in December that was making my arm numb,” Aldo told Sherdog.com today. “I contacted a doctor and he diagnosed it a nerve entrapment, and recommended for me not to fight and to do physical therapy. I did that and got much better. I had this during the camp for the [Mark] Hominick fight, but with less intensity.”
But the injury persisted.
“He said when I arrived in Brazil I would need to see the doctor again. When I was scheduling it, already in Brazil, my manager, Ed Soares, said I was going to Los Angeles and they diagnosed that entrapment again,” explained Aldo. “The doctor recommended I go through physical therapy for six weeks before training again, and that’s what I’m doing now. That’s why I won’t fight in August.”
While the injury will delay Aldo’s return, the extra hiatus will not be all too significant assures the champion.
“I will return in September or October. The daily physical therapy will be my training for the next fight. I’ll treat it as seriously as I would treat a camp, because I need my body 100-percent healed to fight well,” said Aldo. “I want to thank everyone who called me worried about my health and say that it hurts more in my heart than the actual injury. My life is fighting, and when it doesn’t happen, it’s like I’m dying a little bit. But, I know I need to follow the doctors’ instructions, because I need to be 100-percent healthy to have a long career in MMA.”