Aldo to fight McGregor at UFC 189, Mendes ready to fill in just in case
UFC 189 will move forward with Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor with the featherweight champion gaining medical clearance following a training injury suffered this week.
Reports surfaced on Tuesday that Aldo had a fractured rib after a kick landed in the wrong spot during sparring in Brazil and the champion left the gym in serious agony.
Now according to a new statement released by the UFC on Wednesday, Aldo only suffered a bone bruise and cartilage damage and the main event will go ahead as scheduled.
"In light of recent reports regarding the status of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC has received official medical confirmation from several doctors that Aldo did not suffer a broken rib. Following a review of the scans, it has been determined that the champion suffered a bone bruise to his rib and cartilage injury during training," UFC officials said on Wednesday.
"With this news, Aldo has expressed that he has every intention of facing Conor McGregor at UFC 189."
While Aldo has stated that he has every intention of fighting McGregor on July 11 in Las Vegas, UFC officials will have a contingency plan in place just in case he’s not able to compete.
No. 1-ranked featherweight contender Chad Mendes has agreed to prepare on standby and accept an interim title fight with McGregor on short notice to fill in at UFC 189 if Aldo cannot compete.
Mendes flew to Las Vegas on Wednesday to finalize a deal to allow him to prepare for the fight just in case he is needed.
As of now, however, UFC 189 will move forward with Aldo and McGregor set as the main event with Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald fighting for the welterweight title as the co-main event on the card.