The UFC has provided an update on the planned UFC 189 main event between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor.
— Dana White (@danawhite) June 25, 2015
Reports of an injury to Aldo that would cause him to pull out of the July 11 fight began surfacing earlier this week, but through a statement by the promotion, the UFC featherweight champion plans to move ahead as planned and fight McGregor.
If the rib injury forces the Brazilian out of action next month, former two-time title contender Chad Mendes – and not Frankie Edgar – will meet McGregor for the interim UFC title.
Below is the complete statement from the UFC that was released Wednesday night:
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 build-up to Aldo vs. McGregor has included several episodes of “UFC Embedded” and an entire world-wide press tour dedicated to the two fighters. Several times, they had to be pulled apart by White and members of the UFC staff, with the Irish fighter grabbing Aldo’s belt at one point.
UFC 189 will also include Robbie Lawler defending his welterweight title against Rory MacDonald from Las Vegas. That is a rematch of a bout won by Lawler via split decision a few years back.