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Jose Aldo’s Coach: Lack of Leg Kicks at UFC 212 Was Due to Injury

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 212

Following UFC 212, many folks wondered why Jose Aldo didn’t utilize one of his most feared weapons versus Max Holloway more often, and the star’s coach has provided some answers.

Anyone who has followed the career of Aldo knows that arguably his best and most dangerous tool is his leg kick. Although the now former champ has used them less often in recent bouts, many thought that was because Aldo’s largely faced wrestlers. So, many expected that the Brazilian fighter would turn to them again, often, when he fought Holloway.

Well, recently Aldo’s head coach, Andre Pederneiras, spoke to the Fox Fight Club. While discussing why Aldo didn’t throw more kicks during his stoppage loss to Holloway, Pederneiras reportedly said this (quote via MMA Fighting):

“Every fight the athlete enters he has some kind of injury, and Aldo is no different, he has his,” Pederneiras said.“Many people asked why he didn’t kicked. 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 added. “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.”

So, this is very interesting to hear. Especially since Pederneiras said not long after the loss that Aldo didn’t throw kicks because he was afraid of “falling back down”, and he didn’t reportedly mention the injury at that time. Although, that could be because he didn’t want to bring it up so shortly after Holloway’s memorable win. Further, the comment about “falling” could have also been tied to the injury.

Pederneiras also relayed that the UFC is looking into who Aldo will fight next, and that they hope to lock up a title fight, with one more victory.

 

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