Statement on UFC 189 – The Fight Goes On
Will the most hyped mixed martial arts bout of the year go on as promised? Time will tell. After a champion suffered an injury that nearly forced the Ultimate Fighting Championship to change their plans, things seem to have mellowed out in Las Vegas as the UFC released the following statement:
“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.”
Also on the card is a welterweight title clash between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory MacDonald.