Sunday 23 April 2017

UFC: Conor McGregor - Jose Aldo bout may be in jeopardy after fighter reportedly cracks his rib

UFC featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, left, faces off against UFC featherweight title challenger Conor McGregor as UFC President Dana White tries to separate them during a UFC fan event. The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
UFC featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, left, faces off against UFC featherweight title challenger Conor McGregor as UFC President Dana White tries to separate them during a UFC fan event. The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Shuki Byrne

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.

Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor face-off
Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor face-off
UFC featherweight Conor McGregor, right, grabs the title belt from UFC featherweight Champion Jose Aldo during a fan event. The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

However, well known martial arts sports correspondent Anna Hissa confirmed the alleged injury occurred this morning.

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. However, this will be a huge upset for Irish fans who have already booked flights, accommodation and tickets for the aforementioned date.

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