As if the upcoming title unification fight between Featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim title holder, Conor McGregor, didn't have enough drama built into it going into this weekend's (Sat., Dec. 12, 2015) UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) event, Aldo's wife just added a little more to the explosive mix.
According to Vivianne Pereira's comments to Combate.com (via MMA Fighting), Dana White tried to pressure her husband into sucking it up after he broke a rib that eventually forced him out of his original fight against McGregor at UFC 189 earlier this year.
Full details on that fiasco right here.
And when Team Aldo didn't fold to the pressure of losing out millions of dollars, Pereira says the promotion had no other choice but to finally cancel the bout.
"Aldo was really injured, there's video of it. The guy threw a spinning kick, hit his left rib and broke it. ‘Dede' [Andre Pederneiras, Nova Uniao head coach] called me half an hour after going to the hospital to ask me to stay calm because they didn't know if it was broken. We didn't want to frighten anyone because we didn't know if he would fight or not. After a while, ‘Dede' calls me and say it's broken and he would need three or four weeks to get back. It was two weeks before the fight, we were desperate. And Dana calling, talking about numbers,‘It's millions of dollars that you are losing. You have to fight. You never made this in your life.' Junior trying everything, doing everything. But, they didn't want to announce it because who else would they put in the fight? They spent millions on the fight. How would they say he broke his rib? They didn't want to admit, they held it back, threw that on us, and we were saying it was broken. The commission wouldn't let him fight with a broken rib. He would have to do exams before the fight. We wouldn't want to say it was broken, but there was no other way. Would we turn ourselves into liars? It was a fight. Them saying it wasn't broken, the doctor there saying it wasn't broken, and there was this fight."
Of course, it didn't take long for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to respond and refute such claims:
"Jose's health and safety were always a priority and we worked closely with he and his team to ensure that he had access to the best medical care and consultation after sustaining the injury. We respect and understand that he could not proceed with the fight at UFC 189 due to the injury. Both fighters have now arrived in Las Vegas for this historic event, and we're excited that UFC 194 is just days away."
Thankfully, everything seems to be on track this time around, as both fighters are currently in "Sin City" and are only a few days away from finally getting it on inside the Octagon.
And the promotion, for one, did everything in its power to make sure nothing happened to Aldo's rib, even purchasing him a special protective vest to wear during training.
Just a few more sleeps, and all the talking will finally come to an end.