UFC says champ Aldo plans to fight McGregor despite injury
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Featherweight champion Jose Aldo plans to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11 despite getting hurt in training.
If Aldo decides he can’t participate in the UFC’s biggest bout of the summer, Chad Mendes will fight McGregor for the interim 145-pound title, the UFC announced Wednesday night.
Brazilian news outlets reported that Aldo (25-1) broke one of his ribs in training recently, but the UFC says several doctors determined Aldo has only a bruised rib and a cartilage injury.
Aldo has told UFC President Dana White that he’ll fight his provocative Irish challenger in the main event of their much-hyped pay-per-view show in Las Vegas. McGregor (17-2) has won 13 straight fights.
Mendes’ two losses to Aldo are the only defeats of his mixed martial arts career.