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We may be just one day from finding out whether or not Jose Aldo and his bruised rib are fit enough to make it to his much-anticipated title fight against Conor McGregor, which is scheduled to go down at UFC 189 on July 11, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's according to Aldo's training partner, Jonas Bilharinho, who stopped by "The MMA Hour" to reveal that "Junior" will train for the first time tomorrow (Tues., June 30, 2015) since suffering the injury a week ago. And his status for the colossal pay-per-view (PPV) main event match could be determined upon the completion of the session.
But, knowing Aldo personally and training with him in the past, Jonas thinks the Brazilian will be front and center come fight night.
His words: (via MMA Fighting):
"I think he will probably fight. And I hope so. I will be with him on Tuesday to see what he's capable of doing during training or not, but my opinion right now is that he's going to fight. I'm going to be optimistic about it because Aldo wants this fight so bad. I think this fight will probably happen. He was walking slowly to not feel the pain on the ribs. It's disturbing. You can't punch, you can't move, you can't breathe, but the pain was still fresh. I don't know right now. It's probably better. If the pain got worse, he will probably don't fight. But I think the fight is going to happen. I don't think it will get any worse. It's a little bit painful but there are some kinds of pain that we can hold during fights and there are some kinds of pain that we can't hold. I hope that it's one of the ones that we can hold. We will test him on Tuesday. Tuesday is the big day."
"He's very strong mentally. Once he decides to fight, the pain won't be a problem. I know he can beat Conor. He totally can beat Conor. Conor never fought someone like Aldo. Conor keeps saying ‘oh, he never fought someone like me'. Okay, but neither did him fight someone like Aldo. And he's way more different than people who Conor fought. Aldo is so much better. I really want to see this fight. If he thinks he can fight, he should fight."
Should Team Aldo come to the conclusion that the Featherweight champion simply can't make it, Chad Mendes will step in to face "Notorious" in "Sin City" instead.
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