As noted, the UFC is banking on Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 189, but those plans may be cancelled due to injury to Aldo. The champ suffered a rib injury during training on Tuesday and was checked out by doctors.
As of this writing, Aldo is still scheduled to fight McGregor at the event.
Aldo’s head coach Andre Pederneiras spoke with Combate about Aldo’s injury and what happened.
“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,” Aldo’s head coach Andre Pederneiras said. “And then he would need a normal time to do a training camp: three months. I believe this fight wouldn’t happen before October.”
“He cried. He wants this fight bad, everybody invested a lot in this,” he 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.”
UFC 189 takes place on July 11, 2015, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event will be shown on pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.