McGregor - Aldo bout may be in jeopardy after fighter reportedly cracks his rib
The much-anticipated Conor McGregor-Jose Aldo fight next month may be in jeopardy after it emerged one of the contenders may have received a serious rib injury.
Rumours began circulating yesterday that Aldo had received a fractured rib during a sparring session.
However, well-known MMA sports correspondent Anna Hissa confirmed the alleged injury occurred this morning.
Yesterday that was a rumor that aldo was injured. Not true. The injury happened today, tuesday morning, during sparring session— Ana Hissa (@AnaHissa) June 23, 2015
Aldo injured during sparring session, exams confirm fractured rib— Ana Hissa (@AnaHissa) June 23, 2015
UFC have already invested a lot in the fight and could stand to lose a lot of money if Aldo is forced to withdraw.
It is unlikely the champion will be able to recover from a fractured rib by 11 July, if the reports are true.
The alternative is to reschedule the fight for a later date or to approach another contender to take Aldo's place.
However, this will be a huge upset for Irish fans who have already booked flights, accommodation and tickets for the aforementioned date.
Reports from Globo and others in Brazil that Jose Aldo fractured a rib this morning in training. Fight with Conor McGregor is 18 days away.— Off The Ball (@offtheball) June 23, 2015
Globo (Brazilian TV UFC partner) reporting Aldo suffered a rib injury & his status is TBD. http://t.co/140oPaxMNv. No confirm on our end yet— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 23, 2015
The Aldo camp has been approached for comment but has remained quiet on the extent of the alleged injury. However, reports suggest he is TBD - an acronym for 'to be determined.'
According to Globbo, Aldo was taken to hospital following the injury where he underwent two tests, including a CT scan which confirmed the fractured rib.
The usual required amount of time needed to recuperate from such an injury is three to four weeks.