According to the president, a rib injury forced Aldo to pull out of UFC 189, and now McGregor will face Chad Mendes for the interim title. Speaking on radio last Wednesday after learning about the changes, McGregor said, “He’s gone running, and I don’t think he will back.” He added that, “I’ve been contemplating it since long before the rib injury. As soon as the fight was announced, I’ve been contemplating it. The eyes never lie, and every time I looked into that man’s eyes, I saw fear, I saw glass. I anticipated that he would not show up, and when he got his opportunity to pull, he pulled. It’s something I expected.”UFC 189 (which is set to take place on July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada) pits Mendes against McGregor for the interim featherweight title, with the winner expected to challenge Aldo before the end of the year. According to most MMA betting pundits, Aldo’s pull-out from the fight is probably a ploy to force the organizers to schedule the fight in Brazil. Unfortunately for Aldo, McGregor and Mendes are not buying into his plan, with both of them jointly saying they will not fight Aldo in Brazil.Mybookie.ag and oddnakers probably consider him to be stronger than McGregor. If that argument is true, and with the consideration that McGregor was a slight favorite over Aldo, then it probably means that the Oddsmakers consider Mendes the strongest favorite to go ahead and win it all. The diverse skills, strengths and weaknesses of all the three fighters sets up a complicated, but very interesting scenario, with anyone able to win the division belt. Therefore, at the moment, I guess it would be best to wait on the Mendes vs. McGregor fight to happen, and then narrow down our options, as we seek to find out who will be meeting Aldo later this year for a chance to clinch the 2015 UFC Featherweight division title.
BREAKING: Jose Aldo pulls out of UFC 189. Conor McGregor will now fight Chad Mendes for interim title. pic.twitter.com/5LVM3AGZLV— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 1, 2015
Early last week, MMA betting fans were hugely disappointed, as UFC President Dana White announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter that the fight between featherweight title contender Conor McGregor and featherweight champion Jose Aldo slated for July 11th was not going to happen.