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UFC 189: 'Sad' sparring partner breaks silence, explains why he kicked Jose Aldo in the ribs

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I'm sorry ... so sorry, that I was such a fool!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo took an errant kick to the ribs while training for his UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) title defense against Conor McGregor, scheduled for July 11, 2015 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The result was a fractured rib, which could sideline "Junior" until October.

Now, the sparring partner who did the damage, 5-0 Nova Uniao lightweight Alcides Nunes, is breaking his silence over rib-gate, and insists the inadvertent injury was a direct result of mimicking the "Notorious" style, all while striking on a sweaty gym mat.

"Gari" opens up to MMA Fighting:

"I threw a kick but slipped with all the sweat on the mat, and ended up hitting his rib. I was mimicking McGregor's unorthodox style, things he does in the fight. I'm also left-handed, my style is similar to his, so that's why they asked me to be part of his camp, but I ended up slipping and causing this injury. I'm still sad about all this. As a fan and an athlete, I know this is devastating. I'm really sad. Aldo was in shape and prepared for this fight."

follow-up test on Thursday will determine if Aldo is unfit to compete.

In the meantime, it's "business as usual" for McGregor, who predicted a similar scenario all the way back in December. While the mixed martial arts (MMA) world waits on pins and needles, several featherweight contenders have volunteered to step in.

Along with a few lightweights.

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MMA Fighting Jose Aldo speaking about the fight in late March

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