If all goes according to plan, Conor McGregor will be challenging Jose Aldo for his UFC Featherweight Championship in Las Vegas at UFC 189. Aldo suffered a rib injury while training for this fight that could possibly put him on the sidelines if he is not medically cleared to fight.
If that happens, Chad Mendes will step in to face Conor McGregor on short notice as the new headliner for the card. However, Aldo insists that he will be fighting no matter what the diagnosis is on his rib injury.
Kenny Florian believes that it would not be dishonorable for McGregor to purposefully target the ribs of the champion.
“At this level, man, if I’m Conor McGregor I’m salivating! Knowing that Jose Aldo would have come into this fight with a bad rib injury I’m going to attack it all day,” Florian admitted on his podcast with Jon Anik. “You know all’s fair once that bell rings and you’re good to go, all is fair and as an opponent you know whatever… it’s not cheating once you’re in there. If you know that part of the body is injured you can attack it, it’s simple as that. And I think that is where the struggle was partly with Jose Aldo in his camp and whether they’re going to take this fight or not. Everybody knows where the injury is and Conor McGregor is a devastating body puncher and obviously an awesome kicker as well. So, a lot of risk there.”