News broke earlier today about Jose Aldo having his rib broken during a sparring session, but nothing was confirmed on whether or not his fight with Conor McGregor would still take place at UFC 189. His coach says they will have to wait on exam results, on if he’ll be cleared to fight.
“He cried. He wants this fight bad, everybody invested a lot in this,” Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras told Combate. “I was with him the whole afternoon. He’s heartbroken. He wants to fight anyway. Now we have to wait for the exam results. Aldo is in deep pain.”
Sources close to the situation told MMA Fighting that Aldo fractured his rib while training with 5-0 lightweight Alcides Nunes, and Pederneiras won’t make the decision to take Aldo from the card before talking with his doctors on Thursday morning.
“If the fracture is really confirmed, Aldo will have to stop training, do nothing for three or four weeks until it’s fixed, and then he would be able to do any exercise without forcing his rib,” the coach said. “And then he would need a normal time to do a training camp: three months. I believe this fight wouldn’t happen before October.”