UFC featherweight sensation Conor McGregor is most likely without an opponent at UFC 189, with the recent news that Jose Aldo has injured his rib in training, and will likely be pushed off the July 11th card as a result. Perhaps training with a perfect replica of ‘The Notorious’ was not such a good idea after all. Talk of Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar stepping up to face McGregor on short notice has begun circulating, but nothing, even the injury itself, is confirmed by the UFC yet.
Aldo’s fierce rival has chirped up on Twitter this morning, giving a teaser that he still intends on fighting at UFC 189, but still no solid news to Aldo’s current condition:
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
UFC president Dana White also gave his take on the situation, urging fans to calm down a little:
Relax everyone — Dana White (@danawhite) June 23, 2015
So as we eagerly await any news of a replacement contender, an interim title or the results of ‘Scarface’s’ scans, the Irish bad boy from SBG (Straight Blast Gym) looks in terrific shape as usual. With the likely phenomenal costs that the UFC have incurred in promotions and media tour’s, it’s looking like McGregor will be staying on the card regardless. Max Holloway has offered his own services to fight on the Las Vegas card against his former opponent:
— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) June 23, 2015
— Dennis Bermudez (@MenaceBermudez) June 23, 2015
— Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) June 23, 2015
Staring at my phone like……… https://t.co/XamDf6PG4y
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) June 23, 2015
UFC women’s bantamweight boss Ronda Rousey believes McGregor deserves a title fight at UFC 189, regardless of whom it would be against:
“On #UFC189 @TheNotoriousMMA should have title fight With or without @josealdojunior”
It’s been frustrating to say the least, especially given Aldo’s iffy track record with pulling out of fights, and thoughts start to wonder back to that drug test fiasco just a few weeks ago.
All speculation at this stage, but we’ll keep you posted to any more updates as they arise.