Aldo has bone bruise, fight vs. McGregor still on
Published on Thursday, 6/25/15, at 12:38 a.m. Eastern.
The fight is still on.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship released a statement shortly after 10:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday night.
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.
With this news, Aldo has expressed that he has every intention of facing Conor McGregor at UFC 189.
While Aldo has indicated that he will compete in Las Vegas on July 11, UFC has confirmed a contingency plan. No.1 featherweight contender Chad Mendes will face McGregor for the interim UFC featherweight championship in the event Aldo cannot compete.
Therefore, it’s clear that McGregor will be fighting for a title regardless. It will be either the interim belt or the real one.
On Tuesday morning, Aldo was injured during a sparring session by a spinning back kick, a maneuver often used by McGregor. The fear was that Aldo’s rib was fractured and would require him to pull out of the fight. If that had been the case, Aldo wouldn’t have been ready for his eighth career trip into the Octagon until October.
But the most anticipated fight of the year will not fall victim to the injury bug. Aldo is looking to defend his belt for the eight consecutive time. He has a 25-1 career MMA record.
McGregor (17-2 MMA) is 5-0 since entering the UFC, beating the likes of Marcus Brimage, Max Holloway, Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver. His rise to stardom has been fast and furious, as the Irishman has backed up his boatloads of trash talk. McGregor’s dynamic personality and gift of shit-talking excellence has him on the cusp of international fame.
As of June 25, 5Dimes had Aldo installed as a -115 favorite with McGregor at -105 odds. The ‘over/under’ for the fight is 2.5 rounds (-130 to the ‘over,’ +110 to the ‘under’).
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