Jose Aldo was injured prior to UFC 212 – Coach Andre Pederneiras

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Jose Aldo who lost via third-round TKO to Max Holloway two weeks ago was reportedly suffering from a leg injury prior to his fight. The injury, as his coach claims was hindering him from running and kicking thus Jose ultimately not being able to attempt many kicks during the fight.

“Every fight the athlete enters he has some kind of injury, and Aldo is no different, he has his,” Coach Pederneiras told Fox Fight Club, “Many people asked why he didn’t kick. Aldo has a leg injury, so he couldn’t throw kicks or run during his entire camp.”

“That doesn’t take anything away from Max Holloway’s win, we don’t want to say that,” he said. “It was even funny because we would go back (outside the Octagon) between rounds the crowd said ‘tell him to kick,’ but we, the cornermen, were the only aware of it. We avoided the kicks because of this injury. We were afraid it would strain his muscle.”

“He spent his entire camp working on his boxing and his takedown, his ground game,” he claimed. “Since Aldo felt well standing in the first rounds, he decided not to go for takedowns, but (Holloway’s) punch landed and everything changed.

“We could train his kicks a bit in the last week, but we didn’t force it too much. We believed that, the way he was going (in training), he would be able to win with his boxing. And that was happening.”

Pederneiras also revealed that the UFC were already searching for his(Jose’s) next opponent and that he expects another title shot after he wins it.

What do you think of this claim by Pederneiras? Do you think Jose Aldo can ever reclaim his throne back from Max Holloway? Tell us in the comments.

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