Jose Aldo's July title defense appears to be in danger. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
It’s not quite the worst-case scenario, but Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most heavily-hyped bout of 2015 might be on the brink of disaster.
According to a report from the Brazilian media outlet Combate, featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffered a fractured rib during training on Tuesday, placing his UFC 189 title defense against Conor McGregor in jeopardy. UFC officials have yet to make an announcement regarding Aldo’s status, and the Brazilian has not officially withdrawn from the fight. A CT scan confirmed the injury, and Aldo is already undergoing treatment, according to the report.
UFC 189 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 11. In addition to the proposed Aldo-McGregor scrap, the event features a welterweight title bout between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. The UFC has invested serious efforts in promoting the featherweight headliner, including a multi-stop, international media tour.
Aldo last defended his title this past October, when he took a five-round unanimous decision victory over Chad Mendes at UFC 179. McGregor earned his shot at 145-pound gold with five straight wins in the Octagon, including a second-round stoppage of Dennis Siver in his most recent outing on Jan. 18.