Dana White: Jose Aldo Should Have Been Wearing Rib Protection While Sparring
Jose Aldo has struggled with injuries throughout his UFC tenure, but Dana White believes the reigning featherweight champion’s most recent ailment could have been prevented.
The Nova Uniao representative fractured his rib while sparring less than three weeks away from his title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC 189. After some debate over the severity of the injury, Aldo was forced to withdraw from what would likely have been the biggest payday of his career.
“In this case, Aldo was going to make millions of dollars in this fight. This was the biggest fight of his career, financially and every other way. So the guy is hurt, not to mention the fact Andre Pederneiras, his trainer, sent me the video of him getting kicked,” White told the “The Jim Rome Show” on Tuesday. “It’s a spinning heel kick to the ribs. The sparring partner shouldn’t have been throwing at him two weeks before the biggest fight of his life anyway.”
George Sullivan faces newcomer Dominic Waters at TUF 21 Finale
With Marcio Alexandre Jr. (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) out of the TUF 21 Finale, George Sullivan (16-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) now meets UFC newcomer Dominic Waters (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
FOX Sports first reported the change, and UFC officials subsequently confirmed the new booking. MMAjunkie first reported Alexandre Jr.’s withdrawal.
The welterweight matchup takes place at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale, which is scheduled for July 12, the day after UFC 189, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Drug Free Sport Issues Statement on Jose Aldo Drug Test Situation in Brazil
The organization that attempted to take a urine sample from Jose Aldo last month only for its representative to get in trouble with Brazilian authorities is saying it did nothing wrong.
Drug Free Sport sent Ben Mosier to Rio de Janeiro to conduct a urine test on Aldo, the UFC featherweight champion, on June 11 on behalf of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). When Mosier arrived at Aldo’s Nova Uniao gym a, Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras phoned police and the Brazilian MMA Commission (CABMMA).
Aldo complied with the urine test, but the sample was thrown out when authorities determined that Mosier did not have the correct work visa to conduct business in Brazil. Aldo was tested the next day by a collector accredited by WADA alongside a CABMMA official. The sample was sent to WADA-accredited Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City
In a statement issued by Drug Free Sport COO Chris Guinty on Friday, the organization is denying any wrongdoing or unethical behavior.
In early June 2015, Drug Free Sport was engaged by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (“NSAC”) to conduct a single urine test for an athlete in Brazil. Drug Free Sport’s preparation and execution of the testing event in Brazil complied with ethical best practices in anti-doping collections. Proper work visa applications detailing Drug Free Sport’s job functions were submitted to the Brazilian Consulate in Chicago, Illinois on June 18, 2012, and a ten year work visa was issued by the Consulate and relied upon by the Drug Free Sport collector in subsequent testing events. Drug Free Sport does not comment on client program specifics related to any collection event, but the NSAC, the UFC and Drug Free Sport were diligent in their effort to ensure a fair and ethical collection event in Brazil.