After 36 hours where the world of Irish MMA fans was plunged into misery, the UFC have confirmed that Conor McGregor’s title bout against Jose Aldo will go ahead.
News filtered through on Tuesday night that the Brazilian champion had suffered a rib fracture, an injury that would keep him out of the octagon for a few months, scuppering McGregor's title shot.
Yesterday, Aldo's coach seemed to confirm the serious injury, making the fight even less likely to go ahead.
But all has been saved following this statement from the UFC overnight.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
However, the UFC also unveiled the back up plan put in place just in case the Brazilian does pull out in the next few weeks.
“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.”
In short, we should get the fight we all wanted for months and even if the champ does pull out, Notorious will definitely be in action at the MGM on July 11, tremendous news for the many Irish MMA fans travelling over for the bout.