Reigning UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s rib is no longer an issue and he’s returned to training, he said at UFC 190 Q&A session with fans in Rio de Janeiro.
Aldo infamously suffered an injury to his ribs in the weeks before a blockbuster UFC 189 title fight with now-interim champion Conor McGregor. But with the literal pain to his sides now a thing of the past, Aldo says he’s just waiting to put pen to paper.
“I’m just waiting for [the UFC] to book the fight [with McGregor] so we can fight on the same night as Werdum. I hope we’re there together,” Aldo said.
The featherweight champion is referring to fighting on the same card as UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. The card would likely feature Werdum’s first title defense since dethroning former champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 in June.
Werdum has recently said he’d be willing to do away with his mandatory placement as the headliner should he be scheduled to fight on the same card as the long-awaited featherweight clash.
According to Aldo, that long-awaited clash would have gone exactly as anticipated if he hadn’t suffered the injury.
“It was exactly what we already expected,” Aldo said when asked about McGregor’s fight with Chad Mendes. “If you book this fight today, we’ll beat him. The strategy was already set. We trained for him once and we saw that our strategy would work with his fight against Mendes. We have the most logical way to win and we try to improve every time more.”
There’s no word on when either Aldo’s, Werdum’s or McGregor’s belt will be defended.