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Jose Aldo’s Broken Foot Will Likely Keep Him Sidelined Until 2014

(Could be worse, I guess. / Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting.)

Shortly after Jose Aldo‘s latest triumph at UFC 163, the UFC featherweight champ was hit with a harsh dose of reality. X-rays have confirmed that Aldo did indeed break his right foot during his successful title defense against Chan Sung Jung, and he isn’t expected to fight again this year.

As Aldo explained following the event, the injury happened midway through the first round, when Jung checked an attempted leg-kick, and Aldo’s foot cracked against the Korean Zombie’s knee. Check out the photo above (or any of these) to see the balloon-like swelling that Aldo was dealing with for four rounds, before he ended the fight by TKO with a little help from Jung’s own gnarly shoulder-dislocation.

Injuries have not been Aldo’s friend during his reign as the UFC’s inaugural featherweight champion. Just days after receiving his belt following the WEC’s merger with the UFC, Aldo withdrew from his first UFC title defense against Josh Grispi due to a neck injury. The following year, another injury postponed Aldo’s fight against Chad Mendes. And last year, Aldo had to pull out of two scheduled title defenses, first against Erik Koch, then against Frankie Edgar.

Aldo’s inactivity has created a logjam of 145-pound contenders waiting for their shot at the title. Unfortunately, they’ll all have to wait a little longer.

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mookiestick- August 7, 2013 at 8:53 am
@Fried Taco - Just like I did to your mother...
macreadysshack- August 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm
Yeah, Aldo shouldn't have taken advantage of an opponent's vulnerability. What is this, a fight? Don't we endlessly deride fighters without 'killer instinct' (Brandon Vera, I am looking at you)? Now we see a true killer and we're all like 'am I not merciful!?! Now they love Maximus more than me!!! Waaaaa.'
Fried Taco- August 5, 2013 at 8:45 am
@mookie - sounds like Jose should stick a broken foot up your ass.
mookiestick- August 7, 2013 at 8:48 am
just like I'll do to your mother...
Pen Fifteen- August 5, 2013 at 8:24 am
I smell an interim title shot headed Frank Edgar's way.
mookiestick- August 5, 2013 at 8:07 am
Really cool move by Aldo. Bodylocking Jung by both shoulders and then planting him on the mat shoulders first and hammering away while Jung was trying to re-locate his shoulder. Jose Aldo Pound for Pound king may ass.

I wont eeven go into the Machida Robbery. 30-27 Machida yet Davis gets the nod? I saw it as a clean swwep for Mchida and I hate Brazilians and lke Davis.

Striking, Aggrseesion, Grappling and Octagon Control < Takedowns apparently.