Jose Aldo still wants to fight Conor McGregor.
But even if the spirit is willing, the flesh may be weak, as the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion must first clear a follow-up test on Thursday to determine if his rib -- reportedly fractured in training camp last Tuesday -- is severe enough to sideline him until October.
"He cried. He wants this fight bad, everybody invested a lot in this. I was with him the whole afternoon. He's heartbroken. He wants to fight anyway. Now we have to wait for the exam results. Aldo is in deep pain. If the fracture is really confirmed, Aldo will have to stop training, do nothing for three or four weeks until it's fixed, and then he would be able to do any exercise without forcing his rib. And then he would need a normal time to do a training camp: three months. I believe this fight wouldn't happen before October."
Aldo is scheduled to defend his 145-pound strap against the "Notorious" division No. 1 contender in what was expected to be the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) fight of the year, set for July 11, 2015 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
All we can do now is wait.
While our orders are to "relax" -- as the UFC 189 fight card is still loaded with top-shelf talent (see it here) -- combat sports fans have been waiting for McGregor to either get his comeuppance, or fulfill his destiny, depending on what side of the fence you're on.
Pins, meet needles.