Seven weeks before the UFC 237 meeting scheduled with Alexander Volkanovski (19-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC), the former featherweight champion Jose Aldo (28-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) was hospitalized with a bacterial infection in Rio de Janeiro.
Combate.com of Brazil was the first to report the news, which MMA Junkie confirmed on Friday with Aldo's manager and coach, Andre Pederneiras.
Aldo has been in the hospital since Wednesday due to an infection caused by a small cut to his knees. The report says that the antibiotic treatment did not work in the beginning, but that the former featherweight champion of the UFC responded after 24 hours and was without fever by Thursday night.
According to Combate, the disease casts doubt on Aldo's ability to meet Volkanovski on the May 11th paper, as there should be a great improvement in his condition in the coming week in order to be authorized by doctors to compete. The story, however, also said that Pederneiras expressed confidence that the infection does not influence featherweight preparation too much.
If the UFC 237 matchup remains intact, it will be Aldo's second fight in 2019 – and probably one of the last fights of his career. The ex-champion, who has finished two fights in a row from a couple of losses to the title to the current champion Max Holloway, has two fights left on his UFC contract and talked about his desire to fight them in Brazil. year and then withdraw from MMA.
UFC 237 will be characterized by a fight for the title of the weight between the champion Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade. The official poster of the event, which also includes a meeting between Anderson Silva and Jared Cannonier, was released at the beginning of this week. The main card is aired on pay-per-view from Jeunesse Arena, after prelim in ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
For more information on UFC 237, see the UFC Rumors section of the site.