Report: Doctor Says Jose Aldo’s Ribs Were Fractured, Following New Comments From Dana White
By FCF Staff
Despite the insistence of the UFC and Dana White that Jose Aldo’s ribs were just bruised, a Brazilian physician who diagnosed the featherweight champ personally, disagrees.
After news of Aldo’s injury surfaced a couple of weeks ago, the UFC announced that doctors had determined that the champ’s ribs were bruised. Several days later, Aldo released photos of the injury and a statement, which said they were fractured. Prior to that, the fighter’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, also said that Brazilian physicians believed Aldo’s ribs were fractured.
Aldo eventually withdrew from his scheduled fight with Conor McGregor, and Chad Mendes was booked for the UFC 189 headliner.
Well, during a recent Q&A session with fans, White once again said that Aldo had not fractured his ribs. According to the UFC President, the injury depicted in Aldo’s x-rays was of an older injury. White did concede, however, that Aldo would likely have had trouble making weight, regardless of whether his ribs were fractured or bruised.
In a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, however, Aldo’s doctor, Rickson Moraes had this say about the situation.
“It’s hard for a doctor to evaluate an injury by looking at a medical report only,” said Moraes. “Aldo has an occult rib fracture and the MRI shows that, but I believe the UFC only got the x-ray exams at first.”
Moraes went on to add that Aldo had an injury in that region before, and that this time, the rib was fractured.
Mendes-McGregor will be for the interim featherweight title. The winner will advance to face Aldo, likely later this year.