Bone fragments are the reason Jose Aldo was still feeling pain in his ankle a month after a supposedly minor collision with a car while he was riding a motorcycle.
The very initial diagnosis was that he had escaped with nothing more than bad bruising to the foot but weeks later he was still suffering pain and had to pull out of his scheduled UFC 153 title defence against Frankie Edgar.
Having finally made it to Las Vegas for an examination by UFC doctors it was determined that a fragment of bone was causing the discomfort. But Aldo won’t need surgery - apparently it will take care of itself in due course.
“It was verified that a fragment of a bone was left on his heel because of the hit. It was causing an inflamation in the local and for this reason he couldn’t rung, go up stairs,” his coach Andre Pederneiras explained to UOL’s Na Grade do MMA.
“As soon as he returned, he began to do the treatment of local physiotherapy and he is much better since from the past week now. The best thing is that it was a tiny fragment, so he won’t have to operate.”
The UFC wants Aldo to fight Edgar early in 2013 and it looks like UFC 156 might be the show. Pederneiras says he hasn’t been told anything about a proposed January show in Brazil but says Aldo could be ready for that if the UFC so desires.