Earlier this week UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was injured during training. Many believed that he had broken a rib and would be forced out of the UFC 189 main event against Conor McGregor.
Lucky for fans, after a number of doctor’s reports, Aldo did not suffer a broken rib and has every intention to fight at UFC 189. With that in mind, the UFC did come up with a contingency plan and that is none other than former title challenger Chad Mendes.
The following was a release from the UFC.
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.
UFC remains committed to delivering the featherweight and the welterweight championship fights at UFC 189 during UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
Mendes (17-2) lost to Aldo at UFC 179 in October of 2014. Since that loss, he went on to destroy Ricardo Lamas via TKO in the very first round of their main event battle in April.
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