Breath easy MMA fans. Jose Aldo will indeed face Conor McGregor at UFC 189.

This news come just a day removed from learning reigning featherweight champion had suffered a fractured rib in training camp, reports now state the 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.

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. Both men were not only awarded Fight of the Night for their efforts but also Fight of the Year amongst many pundits. 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. He will enter this bout with 16 career stoppage wins, including 14 by way of knockout.

McGregor (17-2), a former Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight champion, is coming off a dominant second round TKO victory over Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59 in July. Following this victory McGregor took it upon himself to leap out of cage in order to confront a cageside Aldo, who simply smiled at the maddening grin of his soon to opponent. Prior to this win over Siver, ‘Notorious’ plastered MMA veteran Dustin Poirier en route to a violent TKO win just two minutes into their UFC 178 matchup in September. He will enter this bout with 16 career stopapge, including 15 by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 5-0.

However the UFC still has former title contender Chad Mendes on standby should they need to replace their injured champion.

UFC 189 is set to take place on July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A welterweight title fight between reigning UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald will serve as the co-main event.

 

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