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"Business as usual" - Conor McGregor has his say on Jose Aldo injury

Published 24/06/2015 | 07:55

Jose Aldo faces off against challenger Conor McGregor
Jose Aldo faces off against challenger Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has sounded the battle cry, saying that it is business as usual despite the news that Jose Aldo will see a doctor tomorrow after he hurt a rib in training yesterday.

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Fears are growing that the hugely anticipated world title fight between McGregor and Aldo could be in jeopardy after the Brazilian received a serious rib injury in training.

UFC chief Dana White meanwhile has moved to quell fans' fears as he tweeted: "Relax everyone."

And now McGregor has had his say, tweeting: "Just know that it is business as usual up here at the top. See you all on July 11th."

But sources have told that it is indeed a serious issue and Aldo will see a doctor in Brazil tomorrow to determine if he is able to proceed with the July 11 title fight in Vegas.

UFC have already invested a lot in the fight and could stand to lose a lot of money if Aldo is forced to withdraw.

The alternative is to reschedule the fight for a later date. However, this will be a huge upset for Irish fans who have already booked flights, accommodation and tickets for the aforementioned date.

Irishman Joseph Duffy, the only man to beat McGregor, has offered to step up and fight the Notorious but a more likely option is Frankie Edgar.

Should Aldo be rule out of next month's fight, he will be out of action until October.

"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," said the Brazilian's trainer Andre Pederneiras on TV station Combate.

"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.

"And then he would need a normal time to do a training camp: three months. I believe this fight wouldn’t happen before October."

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