Aldo himself revealed the minor injury during an interview with Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate on Tuesday.
“This is a normal cut. I’ve fought with my eyebrow stitched up, once. This one is on the top of my head. It’s a sign of victory,” said the man who is already known by the nickname ‘Scarface’. “I was sparring last week, I went for a double leg and there was a clash of heads. I’m training as usual. The placement of the cut doesn’t hinder me in any way. It’s cool. I got five stitches(Translation via BloodyElbow).
“I’m supposed to take them off tomorrow, but we’ll see. It didn’t change my routine. The day I got cut, I got the stitches and then went right back to train jiu-jitsu. It’s right on the top of my head, where there’s no contact or impact. The cut changes nothing.”
Aldo has history of pulling out of fights due to injury. He has pulled out of four fights, including a clash with Conor McGregor at UFC 189, which was subsequently rescheduled for UFC 194 in December of 2015 and McGregor ripped the featherweight title from Aldo with a 13-second knockout victory.
When ‘Conor The Notorious McGregor’ moved up weight-classes to fight for a 2nd belt, the UFC created an interim featherweight title to throw between hungry veterans Aldo and Frankie Edgar. Aldo scooped the strap with a unanimous decision win over Edgar at UFC 200.
After McGregor won the UFC lightweight title in November 2016, the promotion stripped the Irishman of the featherweight belt and promoted Aldo to champion. They then created another interim title, which was won by Max Holloway at UFC 206.