The Jose Aldo-Conor McGregor fight is still a go (for now–knock on wood), but for a couple of days there things looked pretty, pretty dicey. Since then, the UFC has announced that Chad Mendes will step in for Aldo, if he ends up withdrawing because of his rib injury. Before that news was announced, however, McGregor, says he was thinking about still fighting at UFC 189, but at 155…
McGregor recently spoke with the media in Las Vegas, following all the craziness and speculation that unfolded this week. As you surely know by now, on Tuesday it was revealed that Aldo had injured his rib, and at the time, it was reported he had fractured it. But, late on Wednesday, the UFC announced that Aldo’s rib is just bruised, and that the featherweight champ still wants to fight McGregor on July 11th.
While discussing the events of the last couple of days, McGregor revealed that he still wanted to fight at UFC 189, regardless if Aldo was going to be there or not (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“As long as I am fit and I am healthy, I feel it’s only right that I show up and fight, so 155 was an option because the Aldo fight was looking to be rescheduled until September,” McGregor said, after noting that a lot of his Irish countrymen and women have booked trips to come see him fight. “But now, now I don’t know. I don’t give a f-ck really. I don’t care. I’ll be there July 10 at 145 pounds, and on July 11, I will have a gold belt wrapped around my waist. So everything else means nothing to me.”
“Notorious” has talked about returning to 155 for a while now, so to hear him say he was interested in fighting at lightweight, isn’t too shocking. But, obviously the UFC has elected to go with Mendes and an interim title fight, if Aldo withdraws.
Of course, McGregor took the opportunity to toss a verbal shot Aldo’s way, in terms of everything that’s transpired. Here is some of what the brash fighter had to say about Aldo’s injury:
“It turns out it’s just a bruised rib,” McGregor said. “Little bit of ice, little bit of ibuprofen, little bit of ‘toughen the f-ck up,’ and we should get on with the fight.”
This bout just continues to get more and more interesting no?
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.