Rumors of Torn MCL Continue To Make The Rounds

Published on July 14th, 2015 7:45 pm EST

In the weeks leading up to UFC 189: Mendes vs McGregor, Conor McGregor made sure to rip Featherweight champion Jose Aldo at every single opportunity.

"I showed up," McGregor would say, "but Aldo went running."

Three weeks before the planned bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, Aldo was forced to pull out of the fight due to a rib injury. According to the UFC, Aldo suffered a bruised rib and was cleared to fight by doctors. According to Aldo, the Featherweight champion had suffered a fractured rib and would not be able to fight.

The biggest issue facing Aldo, it was speculated, was not the actual rib injury, but instead the impact that the injury would have on the champion's weight cut. Aldo is known for making very big and taxing weight cuts, and losing a week or two of training right before a fight likely would have resulted in a very difficult cut.

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The question that surfaced immediately following the completion of UFC 189 last Saturday - was McGregor hurt as well?

In the post-fight interview, McGregor alluded to the fact that he had suffered an injury that was "way worse" that Aldo's bruised/fractured rib.

Brendan Schaub, during a recent podcast, stated that he had heard that McGregor had suffered a torn MCL and would be getting surgery immediately after the Mendes fight. Other reports had McGregor suffering a torn MCL in Canada during a training session with Rory MacDonald.

Adding to the speculation is the fact that the UFC immediately announced that McGregor would be coaching opposite of Urijah Faber on the next season of the Ultimate Fighter. Was the UFC giving McGregor a few months to heal before a rumored fight against Jose Aldo in January of 2016?

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If McGregor did, in fact, suffer a torn MCL, it makes his performance against Chad Mendes even more impressive.

In addition, it will make the trash talk leading up to the Aldo/McGregor fight even more epic.


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