Conor McGregor set MGM Grand Garden Arena on fire after TKO’ing Chad Mendes at UFC 189 to capture the vacant interim featherweight title. The pro-McGregor crowd was singing and dancing down the aisles and out onto the casino floor after witnessing their fellow Irishman’s greatest accomplishment.
However, despite McGregor doing exactly what he promised everyone he would, it’s hard not to discuss the giant elephant in the room that was controversially forced out of Saturday’s shootout with a bruised or broken rib.
Despite having multiple doctors examine reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s (pictured) injured rib, it is still unclear if a bruise and cartilage injury or fracture forced Aldo out. The UFC’s doctors said it was a bruise, while Aldo’s Brazilian physicians claim it is broken.
UFC president Dana White is sticking to his guns and stating it’s a bruise, which has left the door open for McGregor to question Aldo’s fortitude. White doused additional fuel onto the flame when he made some controversial comments during Friday’s fan Q&A that accused Aldo of posting an x-ray of an old broken rib injury, and not of his current one.
Many in the media immediately blasted White for throwing the only featherweight champ the UFC has ever known under the bus, and White was given the chance to defend himself at the UFC 189 post-fight press conference. However, White declined to elaborate on Aldo’s injury.
“Everything that was reported out there is complete bullsh*t, is what it is,” White said of the media twisting his words around. “And I’m not talking about Jose Aldo anymore, because the despicable, I don’t even know what to call them that work in this business that own some of these websites, it’s one of these things where basically they lie about what I said. Not what I said and then turn it around and then by the time it gets translated into Portuguese it’s even worse. It makes me sick and I’m not say anything about Jose Aldo.
“I’ve never disrespected the guy in my life. I like Jose Aldo very much, his wife, his family. And I’m done. Not talking about Jose Aldo. When Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor is ready, we’ll let you know. Other than that, don’t even ask me about him — his injury or any of that sh*t, because there’s a lot of people who just f*cking lie and I’m done with it.”
White wasn’t the only one who didn’t want to utter Aldo’s name. McGregor didn’t want to give any shine to the man he claims went running for cover after suffering a minor owie.
“I’m going to put Jose at a distant memory right now because I don’t think he deserves to be spoken about here,” McGregor said. “He didn’t show up. This was the event that we built. He should have made that walk. And respect to Chad for making that walk and showing up. But in my opinion, Jose’s done. If it comes back around, we’ll discuss it then. But right now, this is my night, this is Ireland’s night, this is Team Straight Blast night, my friends and family, this is our night.”
The good news for all involved is that Aldo vs. McGregor is on the immediate docket. It appears the highly-anticipated, now title unification bout, may take place as early as January in Las Vegas.