It was revealed this week that UFC featherweight champion José Aldo would be unable to defend his belt against Chad Mendes at UFC 134 this summer as was expected due to the necessity that he undergo more physical therapy for a neck injury which forced him out of a planned title defense against Josh Grispi at the beginning of this year.
The 24-year-old champion recently spoke with Sherdog.com, to whom he elaborated on the injury that will keep him out of action and for how long it will do that.
“I had a problem with my cervical vertebrae in December that was making my arm numb,” Aldo said. “I contacted a doctor and he diagnosed it a nerve entrapment, and recommended for me not to fight and to do physical therapy. I did that and got much better. I had this during the camp for the [Mark] Hominick fight, but with less intensity.”
Aldo, who recently defended his belt in a hard-fought battle against Mark Hominick at UFC 129 late last month, is currently looking forward to a fall return to action.
“I will return in September or October. The daily physical therapy will be my training for the next fight. I’ll treat it as seriously as I would treat a camp, because I need my body 100-percent healed to fight well,” he said. “I want to thank everyone who called me worried about my health and say that it hurts more in my heart than the actual injury. My life is fighting, and when it doesn’t happen, it’s like I’m dying a little bit. But, I know I need to follow the doctors’ instructions, because I need to be 100-percent healthy to have a long career in MMA.”