Chad Mendes to Fight Conor McGregor if Aldo Can't Compete

Published on June 25th, 2015 10:53 pm EST

Late last night, the UFC revealed that current Featherweight champion Jose Aldo had not suffered a broken rib and would still be competing against Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11th.

Having said that, the UFC DOES have a contingency plan in place, just in case Jose Aldo is in too much pain to take the fight. If Jose Aldo can't compete at UFC 189, Chad Mendes has been tapped as the replacement to fight Conor McGregor. The UFC also revealed that the McGregor vs Mendes fight, if it happens, will be for the interim Featherweight title.

In addition, however, the UFC is reportedly considering other possibilities in case Aldo can't compete, including a fight at 155 pounds between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. So, even the replacement fight hasn't been set in stone, as the UFC is going to cross that bridge when it comes.


Frankie Edgar took to Twitter earlier today to express his disappointment in being passed over as the "standby guy". Many people felt that Edgar should have been fighting Aldo instead of McGregor, so to see him get passed by was another blow to Edgar and his fans.


According to all reports, Jose Aldo is attempting to soldier on through the pain. The one problem though is that there will now be a question mark if McGregor does beat Aldo at UFC 189 - was Aldo 100%? Was he able to train properly after suffering the injury?

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