The UFC Featherweight championship fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will still take place despite injury concerns, according to the official UFC website.
Jose Aldo's Injury
Yahoo Sports recently claimed, in an article released on Tuesday, that the Aldo v McGregor fight had been put into jeopardy due to the current UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo allegedly suffering a fractured rib.
According to mmafighting.com, Aldo sustained the injury to his ribs after his sparring partner Alcides Nunes hit him with a spinning back-kick in training.
However, a statement released on the official UFC website declares that:
"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" but there has been "official medical confirmation from several doctors that Aldo did not suffer a broken rib".
Therefore, Jose Aldo will not be pulling out of the fight despite rumours, with the UFC statement going on to report:
"Aldo has expressed that he has every intention of facing Conor McGregor at UFC 189"
In an interview with SportsJOE.ie in late 2014, the self proclaimed "Mystic Mac" Conor McGregor stated that: "If I'm being honest I can see a fight between myself and Jose being scheduled for a stadium, either Croke Park or the Aviva Stadium, but then I could see Jose pulling."
However, McGregor failed to correctly guess his opponent should Jose Aldo not be able to fight. Frankie Edgar was the man who McGregor, in the same interview, predicted would take the UFC Featherweight champion's place after his speculation that Aldo would pull out.
Not taking any chances, UFC have produced a back-up plan.
The statement on the official UFC website also declares, in the event that Jose Aldo is unable to compete at UFC 189, Chad Mendes the No.1 Featherweight contender will step up against Conor McGregor to determine an interim UFC Featherweight champion.
After this positive news, avid UFC fans should still continue to look forward to what is gearing up to be the most heated clash of the year at UFC 189.