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The News We've Been Waiting For - UFC Releases Statement On Aldo Vs McGregor

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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This is the news we've been waiting for.

The featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11th is going ahead.

In a statement released in the early hours of Thursday morning, the UFC said that Aldo had not suffered a broken rib but instead had sustained a "bone bruise to his rib and cartilage injury".

Despite this injury, the Brazilian intends to fight McGregor in 17 days time.


In what appears to be the unlikely event that Aldo cannot take on McGregor, Chad Mendes is on standby to face the Irishman for the interim UFC featherweight title.

Here's the UFC statement in full.

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.

The Mendes news certainly comes as a surprise seeing as Frankie Edgar was the name most prominently mentioned as an alternative opponent for McGregor.

However, Mendes is currently ranked as the number one featherweight contender.

Whatever happens, we will definitely be watching Conor McGregor in action at UFC 189.


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