Yesterday (Tues., June 23, 2015) the mixed martial arts (MMA) world was set abuzz by the unfortunate news that longtime UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo had sadly injured his rib in training, putting his anticipated UFC 189 main event with Conor McGregor in serious jeopardy.
There were not surprisingly a large number of fighters more than willing to step in and take ‘Junior’s’ place on the most anticipated card of the year, but in reality the only two logical replacements for the champ are No. 1-ranked Chad Mendes and No. 2 Frankie Edgar.
The former of those two names could be signing on for the huge sooner than later, as Mendes tweeted today that he just touched down in Vegas, choosing to not elaborate any further:
Just got to Vegas…👊🏼💪🏽🇺🇸
— chad mendes (@chadmendes) June 24, 2015
While it’s hardly a surprise to see Mendes ready and available as a world-class replacement for his old foe Aldo, it may also not be all that conceivable that the UFC would risk McGregor’s long-awaited title shot by having him face a beast like Mendes.
But there’s also the school of thought that says the UFC has simply invested too much in the UFC 189 promotion to simply remove McGregor from the card as arguably the most popular fighter in MMA.
Will ‘Money’ step into the biggest dollar bout of his life thanks to Aldo’s injury? Time will tell. In any case, keep your eyes fixated on LowKick MMA for all of the developments on the unfolding scenario.
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