Do you hear that? That’s heartbeat of the entire mixed martial arts community getting louder and louder.

The reason: UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has reportedly suffered an injury in training camp, putting his highly anticipated title fight against Conor McGregor rat UFC 189 in jeopardy. Combate correspondent Ana Hissa was the first to report the injury.

This news could not come at a worse time for the UFC. With rival promotion Bellator MMA pulling in it’s biggest ratings to date last Friday, the UFC was expected to come back with a monstrous showing at UFC 189 in July. It also does not help that UFC President Dana White revealed they have spent more money promoting this event than any other in company history.

“Over a million PPV buys and we’ll probably break even,” stated White during a media appearance in May. “That’s how much money we’re spending. We’re spending lot of money.”

Aldo (25-1), who still stands as the only featherweight champion in UFC history, was last seen earning a unanimous decision over longtime rival Chad Mendes following their thrilling 25-minute war in the main event of UFC 179 in October.  This victory not only pushed Aldo’s win streak to an astounding 18 straight but also marked his ninth straight title defense under the WEC/UFC banner.

The UFC has yet to release a statement regarding Aldo’s injury. The MMA Corner will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses.

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.