The featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been forced to withdraw from his rematch against Chad Mendes.
Aldo’s trainer Dedé Pederneiras explained the nature of the injury to Brazilian website, Combate.com:
“Last week he suffered a takedown while training and hit his head and shoulder hard on the ground after his hand slipped when he tried to post it to stop the fall. Right away he started complaining of a lot of pain. We called the doctor and he went under an emergency MRI and a disc hernia was diagnosed in his cervical. The impact was right in the area he had a previous injury. The image also showed a narrowing of the canal where the spinal cord go through the vertebral spine. Aldo is very upset, but that’s something that can happen in our sport. It’s a very important fight for him and we still hope it can take place in the future.”
No replacement bout has been announced yet.