BREAKING NEWS: UFC has released an official statement on the status of Jose Aldo and UFC 189's main event. CLICK HERE!
I have good news for those un-relaxed mixed martial arts (MMA) fans flying over from Ireland -- or anywhere else -- specifically to see Conor McGregor fight at the upcoming UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place in less than three weeks inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Notorious" claims he's fighting on July 11, with or without Jose Aldo.
Just know that it is business as usual up here at the top. See you all on July 11th. pic.twitter.com/WXGPRFWj0y— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 24, 2015
That remains to be seen. Aldo was injured earlier this week (fractured rib) and could be forced to withdraw from his "Sin City" title defense (more on that here). The likely replacements are Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the 145-pound division, respectively.
We should know more in the next 24-48 hours.
If and when "Junior" is pulled (until October, at the earliest), the championship co-main event between UFC welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler and top 170-pound contender Rory MacDonald would likely be promoted to headliner. The winner of McGregor vs. Mendes or Edgar would then move on to battle Aldo this fall.
Until then, does anyone feel better knowing that McGregor is still on the card ... or not so much?