UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo was definitely pumped about the prospect of defending his belt for a second straight time in front of his fellow Brazilians, not to mention doing it against an opponent with the widespread respect of Frankie Edgar. However, an unfortunate motorcycle accident put an end to the possibility.
With the title-defense now scheduled for February 2 at UFC 156 in Las Vegas, Aldo may be missing the support of his countrymen but, as he made clear in a conversation captured by MMAJunkie, the 26-year old is still honored to be competing in a city so connected to combat sports.
“The Super Bowl is a very important championship. The whole world is tuned in. For me to be able to fight on that weekend is absolutely amazing.”
“I would have liked it to be in Brazil because of the fan factor. Everybody rooting for us is a very important factor. But Las Vegas is going to be great. I know there’s going to be a very large fanbase, and of course I grew up watching all the boxing fights in Las Vegas. It has a special charm in it for me.”
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