There was a lot of mystery surrounding UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo’s rib injury after the news broke that he was injured, and that he may end up having to pull out of his title defense against Conor McGregor at this Saturday’s UFC 189. There were some reports that said he had suffered a broken rib, others that said that he had only suffered a bruise, and it appears that the UFC President is one of the people who believes that Aldo’s rib wasn’t broken, and that he’s only suffering from a bruise.
After there was some confusion about Aldo’s injury, his team released x-rays, showing that his rib had been broken. However, Dana White is now saying that the x-rays that were released by Aldo’s team were from an old injury, and not the injury that Aldo is currently suffering from. White also added that Aldo pulled out of this Saturday night’s event because he was concerned that he wasn’t going to be able to make weight due to the injury that he suffered, and not because he was in too much pain to compete.
“So what happened was, when the pictures went out onto the internet, right, and you saw this rib down here, that was an old injury. That was an old injury that was calcified white. The real injury was the bruised rib and cartilage. He had a bruised rib and cartilage. And the big problem for Aldo in taking the fight, wasn’t the fight. It was making weight.”
Aldo has had problems making weight in the past when he was healthy, so Aldo was probably right in thinking that he wouldn’t be able to make weight at all while he was injured.
While White believes that Aldo isn’t suffering from a broken rib, Brazilian orthopedist Dr. Rickson Moraes, the first doctor to diagnose Aldo’s broken ribs, disagrees with White, saying that Aldo is suffering from an occult rib fracture.
“It’s hard for a doctor to evaluate an injury by looking at a medical report only. Aldo has an occult rib fracture and the MRI shows that, but I believe the UFC only got the x-ray exams at first.”
“I examined Aldo again when they had doubts. He has an acute injury, and you can have it exactly where you had injuries before. That’s what happened. He had an injury there before, and fractured a rib this time.”
Whether Aldo truly has a broken rib or not, the fact is that he won’t be fighting tomorrow night, and it looks like he won’t fight again until October, where he’ll take on the winner of tomorrow night’s fight between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes. Of course, the UFC is hoping that it’ll be Conor McGregor, as he has the potential to be the biggest star the company has ever had.
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