Immediately after reports surfaced Tuesday that reigning UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo had fractured a rib that jeopardized his heavily hyped UFC 189 showdown with Conor McGregor, UFC Dana White was bombarded with messages from frantic fans on Twitter begging for confirmation.
White tore a page out of Aaron Rodgers’ playbook to issue a brief response, “Relax everybody.”
Well, R-E-L-A-X isn’t a word MMA fans are comfortable with at this point, especially after the UFC has teased them for months by sending Aldo and McGregor on a multi-country world tour to promote their scrap. Let’s not forget the countless and expensive promos the UFC has cut to generate hoopla for their July 11 tango.
The UFC has been radio silent since yesterday’s news broke. No pun intended…
Speaking of broken, here’s the latest on Aldo’s situation:
Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, told Combate that the champ is “heartbroken” and still wants to stay in the fight despite being in severe pain. They are expecting final word from the doctor today whether Aldo’s rib is actually broken. Aldo will either receive permission to compete in 17 days or return in October after the wound heals.
Plenty of fighters have offered to step in to take Aldo’s place, most notably Frankie Edgar, Urijah Faber and Nate Diaz.
McGregor finally broke his silence late last night by tweeting the pic above with the caption, “Just know that it is business as usual up here at the top. See you all on July 11th.”
Which leads us to now, where we’re all playing the waiting game together…
UFC 189 goes down inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A welterweight title tilt between champ Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald is currently pegged as the co-main event, but could very well get promoted to the top spot if Aldo is pulled.