Aldo Out of UFC 189, Mendes In

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UFC President Dana White announced the withdrawal of Jose Aldo from UFC 189.

Aldo was to have defended his featherweight belt against Irishman Conor McGregor on the 11th of July at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

However, Aldo suffered bruised ribs and cartilage damage during sparring more than a week ago, and his recovery has been slower than anticipated.

Aldo had been optimistic to return in time for the bout. However, No. 1 ranked featherweight Chad Mendes was put on notice.

Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneisras, said that Aldo’s rib was too painful “he will not be fighting,” said White to the media.

“So Chad Mendes now will fight Conor McGregor for the interim belt. Hose Aldo’s pulled out of five title fights. Conor’s ready to go. The No. 1 guy in the world, Chad Mendes, is ready to go. So it makes sense. They’ll fight for the interim title and whenever Jose Aldo is ready then that fight can happen to unify (the belts).”

Mendes is stepping in to face one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet with just two week notice. Mendes, however, is super-confident:

“This is a fighter I’ve watched since he got in the UFC and a fighter I knew I would be facing very soon,” said Mendes on FOX Sports.

“So I’ve watched all his fights, I’ve watched past fights before the UFC. I feel like he has a lot of holes in his game and I feel like my strengths fit right into that.

“This will be a fun night for me: getting in there and getting to beat the crap out of Conor, getting a belt and getting paid. It’s going to be fun. There’s no doubt I’m taking this fight on short notice. This is a guy I know I can beat.”

Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald will battle out the co-main event.

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