Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was scheduled to face Max Holloway at UFC 218 for the featherweight title. Unfortunately, a cracked orbital bone during training session forced him to pull out of the event.
With Frankie Edgar out due to an injury, however, Aldo got his wish come true got a rematch with Holloway. Aldo suffered his second UFC loss against Max Holloway ended in a third-round knockout at UFC 212 headliner.
White has been happy about Jose Aldo being Frankie Edgar’s replacement and even credited the former champion Aldo for the sudden boost in UFC 218 ticket sales. During a media scrum on Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Via MMAJunkie)
“We’re going to find out how hungry Jose Aldo is and how bad he wants that belt back,” White said Tuesday in Las Vegas. “He’s getting this opportunity because Frankie fell out. Life is all about jumping on those opportunities. I actually liked it that Aldo wanted this fight like that. It’s awesome. I’m excited. I’m excited for that fight.”
“You know what’s funny?” White added. “So, the Detroit show is on par to sell out. We’re selling out. The show’s going to be a sellout. You know when you’re going to sell out because of how many tickets you have left and how many days. We put Jose Aldo on the card, and – (vanishing sound). Tickets. Yeah.”
On being asked about Frankie Edgar White said how such a severe injury could occur during training.
“My question for Frankie – and I haven’t talked to Frankie yet, Frankie is in Russia or something right now, I think – but how do you break your orbital in training?” White said. “Unless it was a freak knee to the eye in wrestling or something like that.
“Who’s hitting you that hard in your training camp that you break your orbital? That’s insane. Anybody know the answer to that question?”
UFC 218 pay-per-view event is taking place at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on December 2 Saturday.