“UFC 189” is projected be the biggest pay-per-view of the year and fans from around the world will be traveling to Las Vegas for International Fight Week. Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor’s main-event bout is also expected to bring in one of the biggest live-gates in years… if the fight takes place.
As of right now, Aldo is set to defend his UFC Featherweight Championship against Conor McGregor. However, if the doctors don’t medically clear him Chad Mendes will step in to face McGregor on short notice.
UFC commentator Brian Stann believes that Aldo will fight based on finances alone— injury be damned.
“I think he makes the walk based on the financial impact alone,” Stann told MMAFighting. “Here’s the positive things for Jose Aldo going into this fight: This fight is going to make him an awful lot of money — win, lose or draw. He’s the only featherweight champion in history. I think he merits, no matter what, an immediate rematch if he were to lose this fight. For him, he takes the fight, there’s already a built-in thing where if the performance is terrible people are going to point to the ribs first. And there’s great build-up for a rematch and he’ll get another great payday.”
This isn’t the first time Jose Aldo fought while injured or under the weather. When Aldo defended his championship against Mark Hominick at UFC 129, Aldo was suffering from the flu. While that is completely different from a bruised or fractured rib, it goes to show that Aldo will want to fight no matter what.
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