It’s still not clear whether Jose Aldo will be able to make it to the Octagon for his co-headlining featherweight bout against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237.
Aldo, the former WEC and UFC featherweight champion — widely considered the greatest featherweight of all time — suffered a bacterial infection earlier this month and was admitted to a local hospital.
The MMA veteran was released on Monday but revealed at a recent media scrum that he’s still not fully healed and will require a medical reevaluation by the doctor.
“I was training wrestling last week and I went in for a double leg takedown and I kind of burned my knee on the mats,” Aldo explained, per BJPenn.com’s Tom Taylor. “That got infected. I went to the hospital and my knee was pretty swollen. Once I got in there they kept me in the hospital.”
“When I came to the hospital, I was only supposed to be there for the night, and then the antibiotics they gave me didn’t work. They waited another two days before they switched the antibiotics, which started to work. Obviously I thought about not being able to fight, and I still can’t say that I’m going to fight because I have to go to the doctor and get it reevaluated. We’re doing everything we can and hopefully I’ll get healed up.”
UFC 237, which features a headlining women’s strawweight bout between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade, takes place on May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil