Aldo Out of UFC 189?
Horrible UFC news to report.
Brazilian reporter Anna Hissa reported Tuesday that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was injured this morning in sparring and an exam revealed a fractured rib.
At this point, UFC hasn't commented on this story. Aldo is scheduled to face Conor McGregor for the featherweight title on 7/11 in Las Vegas -- the most heavily promoted fight in company history.
Jair Lourenco, Jose Aldo's coach at Nova Uniao, was on the television show Revista Combate in Brazil. Laurenco said that the rib injury Aldo suffered was "complicated," and that under normal circumstances, he would need one month to heal, but he wants to go through with his featherweight title fight with Conor McGregor in less than three weeks.
Rather than putting the champion in when he shouldn't be fighting, they should move the fight, which is really easy for me to say when the promotion has a U.S. record gate and record setting expenses in building their current date.
Dana White is o record saying this fight would break 1 million buys, so losing it at this point would be devastating.
They're still waiting on what the test results reveal tomorrow, but if it's as bad as they think it is, Aldo could be out until October on the earliest.
This is not Aldo's first injury in training before a fight, which delayed the contest.
UFC 125: Jose Aldo scheduled to defend his belt for the first time against Josh Grispi, but he was injured in training for the fight. Rather than wait for Aldo to mend, Grispi accepted an interim fight against Dustin Poirier, where he lost, and thus lost his number one contender status. Aldo then defeated Mark Hominick at UFC 129.
UFC 149: Jose Aldo scheduled to fight Erik Koch, but he was injured in training and the bout was rescheduled, only for Koch to get injured this time, and he was replaced by Frankie Edgar for UFC 153, however...
UFC 153: When due to fight Frankie Edgar who was stepping in for Erik Koch, Aldo got injured again. This time the re-scheduled fight between Aldo and Edgar took place three events later at UFC 156.
UFC 176: Jose Aldo scheduled for a rematch against Chad Mendes, but he got injured in training, and instead fought Mendes three events later at UFC 179 in October 2014, he hasn't fought since.
And now we have the possibility of this huge fight with McGregor being cancelled/postponed. Not good at all.
When we get more information, we will surely report it here.