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Aldo releases statement, pulls out of title fight

After some encouraging news that it was only a bruised rib, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo officially pulled out of UFC 189, which will take place on July 11th in Las Vegas, after releasing x-rays to prove his injury is in fact a broken rib.

aldo1Aldo also released a statement bashing his would-be opponent McGregor and somewhat mocking the interim title now up for grabs.

Check out the full statement, released by Aldo, below:

For three months, I trained three times a day. I invested my time and money, bringing training partners from Brazil and other countries, to do the best training camp of my life so I would be ready to defend by belt for the eighth time on July 11. Unfortunately, I fractured my rib during a training session, which I can prove from an official medical report, and besides trying my best to fight, I was forced the other way and that made me really sad. Only I, my family, coaches and teammates know how hard I worked to represent Brazil again.

My decision was made in respect to the UFC and the fans that today see me as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I couldn’t fight without being 100 percent physically and with a rib injury that could get worse if I got hit in the ribs. Many people told me to fight anyway because of the money I could make, but I wouldn’t sell myself for any money, no matter how much. I fight for love and I do it for my country. Money comes in second place, it’s like a shadow: when you try catching it, you can’t, but when you move forward, it follows you. Money ends some day, but legacy and things you do becomes part of the history, and that’s what I value the most.

I’m the UFC champion since April 2011, defended my belt seven times in four years, and will do it for the eighth time in 2015, an average of twice a year. And I’m not even mentioning WEC, a Zuffa-owned company, like the UFC, where I became the champion in 2009 and put my belt on the line twice in less than a year. That why I can’t agree with UFC’s decision to have an interim champion in my division citing the five opportunities that I couldn’t defend my belt.

If those fights had occurred, I would have done 12 title fights in four years in the UFC, an average of three fights a year, something that no other UFC champion did. A UFC champion rarely does three title defenses in one year. So that can’t be the main reason why they are creating an interim title, but the UFC is a private company which I work for, so I can’t complain about its decision, but I can’t say I agree either.

As of my opponent, who told me to step up and fight like a man, I can’t say anything about a man that imitates a TV series character (Travis Fimmel, from Vikings). That’s really who he wanted to be, because he’s probably ashamed of being who he really is, so he imitates his lines, his style and this actor’s tattoos. He’s an artist, but not from martial arts, but cheap comedy. It’s disrespectful with the actor, and with real athletes. He should look for a stage and not an Octagon. The Octagon is my kingdom and there’s place for only one king, which is me. If he wants to participate, he can be the joker he already is.

If he beats Chad Mendes, the only thing he will have is a toy belt to show his friends, drunk in his country’s bars, because that’s what an interim belt represents to me: a toy. I am the champion.

McGregor will now face Chad Mendes for the interim title.

UFC Fight Night 70 Weigh-ins

Abu Dhabi Warriors returns in September


The next big event in Abu Dhabi will see the return of the much anticipated Abu Dhabi Warriors 3 on September 26th at the IPIC Arena.
The organization will bring back the very best mixed martial artists from the previous events and add a few world class talents that will enrich the whole experience for an audience that is becoming more and more interested in live mixed martial arts events. We will have live coverage from Abu Dhabi, see you in September!

Here is what the fight card looks like so far:
Waylon Lowe vs. Vaso Bakocevic
Max Nunes vs. Fabricio Monteiro
Svetlozar Savov vs. Ryuta Sakurai
Brett Rogers vs. Derrick Mehmen
Baga Agaev vs. Mike Kyle

Despite injury, Aldo confirms he will defend title at UFC 189


The fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, scheduled for July 11 in Las Vegas, will happen. According to the UFC, Jose Aldo did not suffer a broken rib. Following more tests, the featherweight champion showed only a bruise on the bone and a cartilage injury from the blow suffered in training.
Therefore, Aldo himself expressed a desire to meet McGregor at UFC 189. But in any case, the organization had announced a plan B. Chad Mendes will face McGregor for the interim belt category if Aldo is not fit to compete.


Bellator MMA to Host 4-Man Single Night Tournament

Bellator MMA has announced last week that they will host a special event in September pitting four fighters against each other in a single-night, single-elimination format tournament. The event, “Bellator 141: Dynamite,” will take place September 19th at SAP Center in San Jose, California.

The four fighters chosen for the tournament are Phil Davis, Muhammed Lawal, Emanuel Newton, and Linton Vassell. The matchups have not been announced yet. The first two fights will last two five-minute rounds, while the third fight will last the regular three five-minute rounds.

Additionally, the event will also feature three Glory kickboxing fights, making this a mixed MMA/Kickboxing event. The MMA bouts will take place in the familiar round Bellator cage, while the kickboxing fights will take place in a separate ring. Paul Daley and Joe Schiling have both been confirmed to fight in the kickboxing bouts.

To round off the night, the Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary will be putting his belt on the line against ex-UFC fighter Tito Ortiz. Ortiz is riding a two-fight win streak after losing seven out of his last nine fights prior to moving to Bellator last year. Liam McGeary has won all ten of his professional MMA fights, most recently beating Emanuel Newton in a five-round decision win in February. Before that, he had finished all nine of his opponents via submission or knockout.

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