UFC featherweight fighter Josh Grispi recently had the rug pulled out from underneath him, as his scheduled featherweight title fight against champion José Aldo had to be scrapped after a long-nagging neck injury finally proved too much for the champion to fight through. Speaking with the Boston Herald recently, Grispi expressed his disappointment with the bout’s cancellation, but vowed to stay positive and continue pressing forward.
“I was excited for the title fight, but everything was going way too good to actually happen,” said the Rockland, Massachusetts native. “And then it did. He got hurt. That stuff happens and you have to be ready for it.”
Grispi and Aldo were going to fight at UFC 125 this January 1st and Grispi will remain on the card, taking on 8-1 Dustin Poirier in a preliminary bout. Grispi explained that he didn’t hesitate to accept the replacement bout when offered and is just looking at it as a way to stay busy until Aldo returns from injury layoff.
“I never really asked. (The UFC) just said, ‘Hey, do you want to fight this guy (Poirier)?’ I said, ‘I don’t care, I’ll fight anyone,'” Grispi said. “We thought about it afterward, but you can’t pull out of a fight now and say, ‘I only want to fight Aldo.’ I think it will be good to get a fight in there and then fight Aldo with some momentum.”
Regardless of whether or not he is awarded a title shot when Aldo returns doesn’t matter all that much to Grispi, who told the Boston Herald that he will continue to plug away until he cannot be denied.
“I’m going to be here for a while,” he said. “No matter what happens, I’m going to keep fighting and get a shot at the title eventually.”
UFC 125: Resolution will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.