UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has pulled out of the fight against Connor McGregor at UFC 189.
The Brazilian has withdrawn from a bout that would have been the biggest box office smash of his career.
Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title on July 11 LIVE on PPV!!! pic.twitter.com/egV7zvUoO9
— Dana White (@danawhite) July 1, 2015
The Irishman’s Brazilian opponent had thrown the fight into doubt when there was talk he had broken a rib but that rumour was squashed by the UFC earlier this week when it was confirmed it was just bruising.
But now Aldo has officially withdrawn from the bout.
So it’s official on July 11th at the MGM in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor will fight for a world title.
But that championship will be an interim one as he squares off against Chad Mendes for the UFC gold.
Stylistically Mendes is a much different match-up and with just over a week to the fight, the Notorious one will have his work cut out for him to get ready for him.
And Conor has had his say on Aldo pulling out of the fight.
They can run. But they can't hide.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 1, 2015
Scotland footie international Robert Snodgrass also shared how he felt about Also’s withdrawal.
— Robert snodgrass (@robsnodgrass7) July 1, 2015