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Aldo Injured; Planned Fight With Mendes Pushed Back Until At Least Fall

(That’s what happens when you spar every day with Steven Seagal.) is reporting that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has sustained an unspecified injury that will likely push back a planned late summer title defense against Chad Mendes.

According to the story, which sites several unnamed sources who predict the minor setback wil keep Aldo out until about September, Mendes will likely take a fight in the interim. Although no potential opponents have been named at this point, one fighter who would likely be up to facing Mendes is Mark Hominick, who logged a gutsy five-round war with Aldo in April at UFC 129 in Toronto.

Hominick has been linked to The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung since Jung mentioned wanting a fight with the tough Canadian recently, but “The Machine” told us this week while in London, Ontario for MMA Live 1 that he thinks his stand-up will be too much for Jung to handle.

If MMAmath is any indication, he may be right.

Jung was knocked out in the second round by a highlight-reel headkick by George Roop – Hominick’s last victim — at WEC 51 in December. He rebounded at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis to beat Leonard Garcia by Twister in a rematch of their WEC 48 bout, earning Submission of the Night honors for the tapout.

Sources close to Hominick tell us that he hasn’t been offered the bout yet, but say it’s likely a fight he would look at taking for his next one in the Octagon if it’s presented.

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Fried Taco- May 24, 2011 at 7:17 am
I think we're seeing more fighters pull out of fights due to injuries because now they have insurance.
ExpectJesusBro- May 24, 2011 at 6:09 am
^^^ Which will leave Homminck his opening for a rematch.
ExpectJesusBro- May 24, 2011 at 6:09 am
Sucks for Mendes, I'd still wait for the champ to recover, despite what's happening to Rashad right now. If he fights Hominck and loses, I can't see him then fighting Aldo, UFC won't do that.
LOKI- May 24, 2011 at 6:01 am
@Mike Russell- did it sprout legs and move to France where it would never again have to be brutalized by the mean and scary foreigner.
WK- May 24, 2011 at 4:16 am
Vacate the belt after 6 months no defense?
Champs pulling out of fights because of "injuries", not wanting to fight former teammates by faking hand surgery then cancelling it, all that bs is NOT what the sport is all about.
RearNakedSpoon- May 24, 2011 at 2:49 am
This is fast turning into the Ultimate Pulling-Out-Of-Fights Championship.
Hopefully the long term will see less cancelled fights.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 23, 2011 at 11:46 pm
CungwantsCookies- May 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm
or it could be that the champs make enough scratch that they CAN take a break to deal with an injury as opposed to a dude thats getting $4k to show and another $4k from sponsors every 4 months.
dim mak- May 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm
well, it could be that we just notice it more when it's the champ that needs to cancel a fight.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- May 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm
You know, this is becoming a trend. I often get the feeling that champions like to prolong their "reign" by taking long alleged-injury breaks. You don't see fighters working their way up dropping out of this many fights. Only when they have the belt are fighters happy to sit back and take long vacations between defenses.
RwilsonR- May 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm
Didn't Aldo say just two days ago how he wasn't cleared to train, so he wasn't yet training? So how was he injured?
bescaredhomie- May 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm
they are just creating as usual.
Mike Russell- May 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Mark's hematoma was gone the next day.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm
I wouldn't mind seeing Mendes/Hominick however I just don't think Hominick deserves that fight even if Aldo is hurt. There is just no real Logical point in the rankings for that and it does nothing for Mendes if he loses it hurts him more then it helps if he wins. Just wanted to put my two cents in THOUGH I do think it would be an amazing fight.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm
Is Mark even cleared to fight?
sixthsense- May 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm
anything but Hominick/Mendes. Just postpone the championship fight until whenever Aldo's ready.
The_Dead_Cow- May 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Aldo is suffering from a severe genital pull.
The_Dead_Cow- May 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm