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

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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.

 

Mark Hominick Retires from the Octogon

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I received the report like most everyone else had from UFC Tonight on Fuel TV that Hominick was retiring from Octagon after his Decision loss at UFC 154 fight against Pablo Garza. I not going to deny it, I was stunned but not shocked that my buddy from London has decided to hang them up and move on the next chapter in his illustrious career. He had decided he needs to put the time and dedication into his growing family that he once put into fighting, and in order to be where he needs to be doing both wasn’t a choice he was ready to do. At 30 years old, I can imagine this had to be a very difficult decision. Many believe most mixed martial arts athletes find this time their MMA prime. Although Mark has already had an 11 year pro Career. However he did state that he isn’t stepping completely away from the sport. He will continue to run his gym Adrenaline Training Centre in London and of course would continue on the Team Tompkins Legacy in a different manner by working as a trainer, mentor and coach many young fighters.

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Personally I have now had a day to reflect on what has just happened to the sport here in Canada. Mark is a pioneer of the sport here and he has contributed I’m making us as what UFC president calls us the Mecca of MMA. Another thing you may not know as a casual or new fan other than the enormous hematoma on his forehead at UFC 129 that Mark was and continues to be a very large voice in getting MMA sanctioned in Ontario by lobbying and meeting with politicians and governments. He will still continue to do so by trying to get politicians to amend the criminal code of Canada to include MMA as a prizefight.

When we look back in few years and new fighters are taking over this sport don’t forget to look at MMA’s roots here in Canada as there will be a few names associated with getting this sport the notoriety it has here and I guarantee Mark will be in those history books.
Mark personally I must thank you for all your great fights, great nights, and helping this sport evolve here in Canada and the rest of the world. Wishing you great success at whatever it is you do in the future.
Thanks

Paul Gray is the owner of The Cage Report and can be reached at paul@thecagereport.com

USA TODAY – Edgar to replace Koch for UFC 153 title fight vs. Aldo

By John Morgan

USA TODAY

Despite a pair of disappointing losses to current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, former titleholder Frankie Edgar (14-3-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) will now get his shot at history.

USA TODAY Sports has learned that an undisclosed injury has forced Erik Koch (13-1, 2-0) to withdraw from a planned UFC 153 title fight with current featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1, 3-0), and Edgar has agreed to step into the evening’s main event.

Edgar now looks to join UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and Hawaiian superstar B.J. Penn as the only men to hold UFC championships in two different weight classes.

Now dubbed UFC 153: Aldo vs. Edgar, the event takes place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The evening’s five-fight main card airs on pay-per-view.

On the heels of this weekend’s canceled UFC 151 event, UFC President Dana White admitted he was disappointed to learn of Koch’s injury. However, one call to Edgar quickly resulted in a turn for the better.

“Obviously, we’ve had a rough couple of weeks here at the UFC, and then sure enough, I walk in to work today, and Erik Koch is hurt,” White told USA TODAY Sports. “But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight.”

The 5-6 Edgar has long been questioned about a potential move to 145 pounds, but with a pair of wins over Penn and two now-legendary bouts with massive lightweight Gray Maynard, “The Answer” ruled the promotion’s lightweight division for nearly two years. However, after Edgar’s pair of razor-thin losses to Henderson, White urged the New Jersey native to consider a move to the featherweight division.

Now that Edgar is making the move, White said he can’t wait to see this new championship matchup.

“I’m pumped,” White said. “I think that people are going to be very excited for this fight.

“Frankie has had a tough go the last couple of times with the judges, but a lot of people think he belongs at 145 pounds. Well, here we go – Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar. People have been wanting to see this fight for a long time.”

Meanwhile, Aldo enters UFC 153 with a 14-fight win streak. Since ruling World Extreme Cagefighting’s 145-pound division and moving over to the fellow Zuffa-owned UFC as the promotion’s first featherweight champion, the Brazilian phenom has scored successful title defenses over Chad Mendes, Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick. Overall, Aldo is a remarkable 11-0 under the Zuffa banner.

A timetable for Koch’s return wasn’t immediately established.

Morgan writes for MMAjunkie.com, a USA TODAY Sports Media Group property

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