As of now, reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his 145-pound title against division No. 1 contender Conor McGregor -- despite an injured rib -- in the UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on July 11, 2015 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But a lot can happen between now and then.
If "Junior" is ruled unfit to compete at next month's show, then UFC will call on former title contender Chad Mendes to take his place. "Money" was given the nod over fellow top contender Frankie Edgar after the promotion weighed several options (including this one).
Probably not the "Answer" he was looking for.
Disappointed I wasn't the stand by guy. Felt it should of been me, think a lot of you feel the same. Thanks for all the support.— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) June 25, 2015
Mendes, meanwhile, is yucking it up on Twitter after landing in Las Vegas for international fight week.
McGregor has remained unfazed since news first broke that Aldo was
on his period hurt in practice. And why not? Anything that hampers the performance of his Brazilian nemesis -- who hasn't lost in nearly a decade -- has to be seen as an advantage on fight night.
But will it be enough? We'll (hopefully) find out in just over two weeks.