Proceed with caution, fellow mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, we're not out of the woods just yet.
Reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo still has a chance to sabotage his UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) main event against Conor McGregor, which is supposed to take place this Saturday night (Dec. 12, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But he might be too fat to fight, according to Chael Sonnen (transcribed by Bloody Elbow):
"I'm not positive Jose Aldo is going make weight for this fight. If he can find a way out of this fight right now, he will take it. The problem is, he's here, and he's healthy. His last chance to get out of this, or at least have his title on the line, or at least have the full fiver, is to not make weight. So until I see him on the scale, I'm not going to buy it. He's clearly scared of Conor. He's already pulled out of this fight once. One of the reasons you get into the UFC, is you want people watching. When you have an athlete, who does everything he can to make sure people don't tune in... You have an athlete, who does everything he can to make sure people don't know when, where, how to get tickets, where the PPV is... That's not a great sign. If you are going to whip my ass, you're going to want people to watch... Jose Aldo will do everything he can to make sure nobody is on the TV on Saturday night, and I haven't seen anything like it."
Aldo was practically tarred and feathered for missing the UFC 189 main event after suffering a rib injury in training camp.
That said, the Brazilian's silent treatment in the weeks leading up to his big shebang this weekend in "Sin City" is par for the course. Outside of a brief scuffle with Chad Mendes (video), I can't remember the last time Aldo went out of his way to sell a fight.
That might explain this.
How about it, fight fans, is it time to start sweating ... or is Sonnen going to swing and miss on yet another pre-fight prediction?