Jose Aldo suffered a head injury in training last week that required stitches, but the featherweight champion has assured fans that he’ll still be fit and ready to go for his UFC 212 headlining fight with Max Holloway in Rio De Janeiro on June 3rd.
Aldo told reporters in his native Brazil that a clash of heads resulted in him being given five stitches, but thankfully the positioning of the cut means that it won’t effect him come fight night in less than a months time.
“This is a normal cut,” Aldo told Combate. “I’ve fought with my eyebrow stitched up, once. This one is on the top of my head. It’s a sign of victory.” Aldo told Combate. “I was sparring last week, I went for a double leg and there was a clash of heads. I’m training as usual. The placement of the cut doesn’t hinder me in any way. It’s cool. I got five stitches.
“I’m supposed to take them off tomorrow, but we’ll see. It didn’t change my routine. The day I got cut, I got the stitches and then went right back to train jiu-jitsu. It’s right on the top of my head, where there’s no contact or impact. The cut changes nothing.”
Aldo won the interim title at UFC 200 last year after defeating Frankie Edgar for the second time in his career, but was later promoted to champion after Conor McGregor was forced to vacate the belt due to inactivity.
Since then Holloway has extended his unbeaten run to 10-fights with a TKO win against Anthony Pettis to claim the interim title, and so UFC 212 will see an undisputed champion finally be crowned.