After endless months of anticipation, the biggest UFC betting card is almost here, with one huge subtraction.
Jose Aldo was scheduled to enter the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the black and gold colors UFC champions wear in the Reebok-era. His opponent Conor McGregor would enter draped in a cloak of his country’s green, white and orange. At the end of bout, an undisputed featherweight champion would emerge.
Sadly this fight will not go as scheduled.
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
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) July 4, 2015
A rib injury forced Aldo to withdraw from a planned title defense on July 11 against Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 189 at the MGM Grand Garden. It also set off wild speculation on social media about Aldo’s toughness and the motivations of UFC president Dana White.
Aldo says he suffered a fractured rib in training two weeks ago, although a subsequent report from the UFC stated he had only bruised ribs and cartilage damage.
"For three months, everyday, I conducted three training sessions. I invested my time and money, bringing in training partners, both in the country and outside, to make the best camp of my life and be ready to defend, for the eighth time, my belt on July 11," Aldo told Globo in Brazil, according to translation. "Unfortunately, I suffered a broken rib in training, which is proven by an official report."
Aldo's exams pic.twitter.com/Y6mee0gtPZ
— Ana Hissa (@AnaHissa) July 2, 2015
Dana White replaced Aldo with Chad Mendes, and they’ll meet in the newly constituted main event for the interim featherweight crown. Aldo is expected to fight the winner when he’s healthy.
Dana White on Jim Rome just now: McGregor offered to bet White and Fertitta 3 million dollars that he will finish Mendes early.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 7, 2015
The co-main event will remain the same, a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory MacDonald.
A Closer Look At The UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor Odds, Prediction & How To Watch
UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor
Date: July 11, 2015
Start Time: 7:45 PM ET
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: MGM Grand Garden Arena
TV Info: PPV
Stream: UFC Fight Pass
Chad Mendes Will Beat Conor McGregor At UFC 189 If
Chad “Money”Mendes can get the fight to the ground from the opening bell
Let’s be honest. Chad Mendes has a lot less of a chance of beating Conor McGregor than Jose Aldo did. Aldo was a 7-time defending champion. Mendes is a former NCAA All-American Wrestler from Cal Poly.
The 2 fighters aren’t comparable. But, as with every bout in UFC, Mendes will have a shot. He’s going to have to get this fight to the ground as soon as possible. McGregor is just too good on his feet, too ruthless with his strikes, for Mendes to have any shot at getting out of the first round, much less win the fight, if he doesn’t challenge McGregor’s grappling skills. If Mendes can wear down McGregor on the mat, he might have an outside shot. Mendes is also going to need some luck just to get out of the opening frame.
Conor McGregor Will Beat Chad Mendes At UFC 189 If
McGregor can display the same ruthlessness that has led to 4 knockouts in 4 fights in UFC
A lot of times, MMA guys don’t always strike with the amount of force that boxers can because they’re stance isn’t what it should be or they don’t swing their hips and turn their shoulders as much as they should.
That’s not Conor McGregor. The man is an absolute monster because his stance is always perfect when he throws a punch. He uses his height to wind up, like what a great golfer does, before swinging at his opponents. His hips and shoulders work in perfect unison and what’s even more impressive is that he always ends up in a position to land a knee. His kicks are perfect as well. Because of his overall athleticism and traditional striking ability, McGregor is going to be almost impossible to beat on Saturday night. Aldo had little chance of beating McGregor as it was. Mendes has virtually no chance.
UFC 189 Betting Prediction
Unless McGregor simply isn’t at his best and Mendes fights the battle of his life, he’ll knock Mendes out in the first round.
Conor McGregor wins in the first round by KO!