Sparring partner says he inadvertently caused Jose Aldo's rib injury by copying Conor McGregor
One of the biggest fights in UFC history is in serious jeopardy after a featherweight champ Jose Aldo suffered an innocuous rib injury during a sparring session as he prepared to face Ireland's Conor McGregor.
Alcides Nunes said he was mimicking McGregor's spinning back kick when he slipped on a sweaty mat and accidentally caught undefeated Aldo in the ribs.
UFC 189's headline fight on July 11 in Las Vegas is now in serious doubt.
"I threw a kick but slipped with all the sweat on the mat, and ended up hitting his rib," Nunes told MMAFighting.com.
"I was mimicking McGregor’s unorthodox style, things he does in the fight. I’m also left-handed, my style is similar to his, so that’s why they asked me to be part of his camp, but I ended up slipping and causing this injury."
Nunes said that Aldo initially continued training after receiving the blow but was eventually brought to hospital.
"He finished the round, and then decided to stop," Nunes said. "I’m sure he would continue to train if he could. He’s a warrior and was really well prepared for this fight.
"I’m still sad about all this," he said. "As a fan and an athlete, I know this is devastating. I’m really sad. Aldo was in shape and prepared for this fight."