The biggest UFC fight of 2015 could be off with reports that featherweight champ Jose Aldo has broken a rib in training.
The Brazilian is now highly questionable for his grudge match showdown against Ireland’s championship challenger Conor McGregor in less than three weeks’ time.
UFC 189 takes place in Las Vegas on July 11, but could now do so without the original headline fight if Aldo cannot fight (the co-main event of Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald for the UFC welterweight title would likely be bumped up).
Reports suggest the 28-year-old fractured a rib during a sparring session and, although he intends to fight on next month as planned, doctors may not clear him to compete.
Speaking to Combate, Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras said:
(Aldo) cried. He wants this fight bad, everybody invested a lot in this. 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. And then he would need a normal time to do a training camp: three months. I believe this fight wouldn’t happen before October.
Unsurprisingly, the outspoken McGregor fired back with his thoughts on Aldo’s injury and the news that the biggest fight of his career could be off via his Twitter account.
Just know that it is business as usual up here at the top. See you all on July 11th. pic.twitter.com/WXGPRFWj0y
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 24, 2015
The news that one of the biggest fights in mixed martial arts could be delayed will be devastating news to fans everywhere, especially all the Irish and Brazilian fans planning to travel to Vegas for the bout.
The UFC won’t be too happy either, as the cancellation of the bout could lose them a lot of cash – the show was well on track to do over one million PPV buys in the U.S alone.
Still, UFC president Dana White claims he’s not worried…
— Dana White (@danawhite) June 23, 2015