Though UFC 125 provided a multitude of memorable moments last weekend one man’s presence remained noticeably absent – featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Aldo, who had originally been set to defend his title against Josh Grispi at the New Year’s Day show, was forced to withdraw his name from the line-up in order to recover from a neck injury. Fortunately, it appears the dynamic 24-year old Brazilian should be fully healed within the next month and is targeting one of three UFC events in March for his promotional debut.
Aldo’s plans and status were revealed in a conversation with Tatame.
The UFC currently has a trio of offerings planned for March including a return to Versus on March 3, UFC 128 on March 19, and Fight Night 24 on March 26. All of the cards have already begun to take form so it will be interesting to see where Aldo actually lands.
As far as who the UFC’s 145-pound champion expects to face, Aldo admitted he was disappointed in Grispi’s losing performance at UFC 125 against Dustin Poirier and avoided mentioning any specific names as a replacement for the former featherweight contender. However, he did allude to the match-up between Mark Hominick and George Roop at Fight Night 23 on January 22 as possibly providing an adversary for his attempt at retaining gold.
Aldo is 18-1 overall in his career and has won his last eleven fights including seven by way of TKO. He most recently found success against Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51 this past September and also holds past victories over former featherweight champs Mike Brown and Urijah Faber.
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