Boy, this UFC 189 main event has more drama than Broadway.
The good news is that as of right now current UFC Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo will fight trash-talking challenger Conor McGregor at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11, 2015. The potentially bad news is that an injury report for Aldo indicates his ribs could be fractured after all.
According to Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras (via our friends at MMAFighting.com), doctors can't decide whether Aldo's ribs are fractured or just bruised.
"There's medical report here and an evaluation there. I'm not a doctor to say which one is correct. I know he's injured and this rib injury is painful. He's using anti-inflammatory and we will wait to see if he gets better. The fight is on, and we'll check him again next week. We will only have this answer next week. He's under treatment. He did an injection and is under a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment, and is waiting to get better. They take his blood, use only the good plasma, and inject it on the injury. The fight is 15 days away. Doctors say he will get better day after day. We can't say how he will feel 15 days from now."
Dammit, Jim, I'm a writer not a doctor, but it seems to me you'd want to confirm which report is correct.
At any rate, eternal optimists should be careful about that half-full glass outlook since Pederneiras said although UFC has not pressured Team Aldo to take the fight injured, it will put the kibosh on the match should the weight cutting prove impossible.
According to his trainer, Aldo isn't doing any training or anything that would jeopardize the healing process and they will re-evaluate next week whether the fighter will need to withdraw.
If Aldo can't make it to UFC 189, the organization has its Plan B in the form of Chad Mendes stepping in to fight McGregor for the interim belt. There's enough bad blood there that it should still prove a decent consolation prize for fight fans.