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UPDATE: Jose Aldo’s Rib *Not* Broken, McGregor Fight Still On For UFC 189

(And he couldn’t be more thrilled, Joe!)

Today is a good day, Nation. The best, even.

After initial reports Tuesday claimed that Jose Aldo had fractured a rib in training and would most likely be removed from “the most anticipated featherweight fight of all time” at UFC 189, the UFC released a statement earlier today rebuffing those claims and offering a beacon of hope in the dreary, dystopic landscape that MMA fans have long grown accustomed to (no hyperbole).

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.

Or as the “Notorious” one put it…

In either case, I’m just glad this development is behind us and will in no way affect our opinion of McGregor vs. Aldo in hindsight. Nope, there’s no way this injury will be discussed ad nauseum should the fight underwhelm, or draw constant questions from naysayers regarding the legitimacy of a potential McGregor win. It’s smooth sailing from here on out, everyone!


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.

So yeah, even if Aldo does go down, the UFC secured themselves a hell of a backup plan. Take to the streets and celebrate, everyone! It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day!!!

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