An injury has put the brakes on another major UFC fight this summer. A featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes was initially rumored for UFC 133, but recent signs pointed to the fight not happening in Philadelphia. Now we know why. Heavy.com is reporting that Jose Aldo is still rehabbing a few minor injuries and won’t be ready to go until mid-September. Ed Soares confirmed the news with MMA Junkie.
“Jose is just resting right now and rehabbing a few small lingering injuries,” Soares told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “He can’t even resume training until May 30, so he’s just working on getting back to 100 percent.”
“Whether it’s Chad Mendes or any other top contender, Jose is competing against the very best opponents in the world, and he wants ample time to prepare,” Soares said. “When you’re the champion, everyone is gunning for you, and it’s important to be 100 percent.”
What’s puzzling though is Chad Mendes doesn’t want to wait another month for the shot and still has every intention of fighting on Aug. 6.
“Chad is looking to fight Aug. 6, for sure,” Mendes’ manager, Mike Roberts, told MMAjunkie.com. “”We’re not going to wait for Jose Aldo. Chad wants to fight. If Aldo can’t fight, Chad will move on and fight somebody else.”
“We never received a bout agreement,” Roberts said. “We were hoping to fight him then, but it doesn’t appear that that’s going to happen.”
Timing is everything with title shots, so I’m not sure why Mendes wouldn’t wait an extra month or two to fight Aldo. If Aldo was out indefinitely or until the end of the year, of course he should take another fight, but with all the crazy things that happen in this sport, who knows if his shot will still be there after the smoke clears late this summer. If Mendes really is going to fight in August, seems to me that the door just opened for Kenny Florian to slip in and take it from him.
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Update: Chad Mendes will in fact fight at UFC 133. The UFC announced today that he will fight Rani Yahya in Philly.