Dana White has told everyone to “relax”, following the news that Jose Aldo has been injured, but things certainly aren’t looking good, in terms of the champ’s July 11th scrap with Conor McGregor.
Yesterday, the MMA world was rocked by the news that Aldo has injured his rib while sparring. It was reported that the featherweight champ has fractured his rib, and as a result, his highly anticipated fight with McGregor is on the ropes. The UFC hasn’t made any official announcement about the status of the bout, other than White’s aforementioned tweet.
In a new report from Globo’s Combate, Aldo’s coach, Andre Pedeneiras, has relayed that the fighter will meet with his doctors on Thursday. It sounds like the fate of the upcoming bout will be determined at that time (translated quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“He cried. He wants this fight bad, everybody invested a lot in this,” Pedeneiras said. “I was with him the whole afternoon. He’s heartbroken. He wants to fight anyway. Now we have to wait for the exam results. Aldo is in deep pain.”
“If the fracture is really confirmed, Aldo will have to stop training, do nothing for three or four weeks until it’s fixed, and then he would be able to do any exercise without forcing his rib,” the Nova Uniao coach added. “…I believe this fight wouldn’t happen before October.”
Clearly none of this is good. Unless the Aldo team is playing mental games here, and is trying to get into McGregor’s head, it certainly sounds like the fight’s in serious trouble. Aldo may want to still fight, even if his rib is fractured, but really, do people want to see him fight McGregor is he’s had a short camp, and is far from 100%?
UFC 189 will also feature a welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and champion Robbie Lawler. Unless we get some surprising and good news on Thursday, it sounds like this bout will be the new main event.