Current world featherweight champion Jose Aldo sustained a bruised rib while training for the Conor McGregor bout which is now rumoured to be delayed.
Rising force of the UFC Conor McGregor has vowed to claim a title on July 11 at all costs, no matter who he eventually comes up against, with his featherweight showdown against world champion Jose Aldo potentially set to be delayed because an injury to the Brazilian.
Aldo and McGregor are scheduled to meet in the octagon ring for the main event of UFC 189, which takes place on July 11 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, but defending champion Aldo has sustained a bruised rib in sparring, casting doubts over this highly-anticipated encounter.
Confident Irishman McGregor is a best-priced 7/5 with Paddy Power to knock-out his Brazilian opposition, having risen to prominence in recent years with his ferocious stoppage victories over Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirer and most recently Dennis Siver in January.
‘The Notorious’ Dubliner hasn’t let talk of his opponent’s apparent injury hamper his preparations for his maiden world title fight, though, claiming these incidents happen in such an aggressive sport, but declared that he will have a gold belt around his waist come July 11 no matter what unfolds.
“It’s part of the business,” McGregor said of the possible change in opponent. “It is what it is.”
“I’m going to go for the chin; I want to knock him out,” McGregor stated. “He doesn’t need to worry about his ribs, and I’m not going to go out and purposely target an area. If he shows up and fights, which he should do, we’ll fight as scheduled.
“I’m not going to start diving at things. I’m just going to fight my fight. It’s the chin I am hunting.”
Going into a maiden world title fight, it’s unusual for the reigning champion to be an underdog, but McGregor’s sublime stoppage record means even Aldo is set to be on the end of a sparking out by this deadly Dub, who is odds-on 4/5 with Sky Bet to triumph.
“But now, now I don’t know [his opponent]. I don’t give a f*** really. I don’t care. I’ll be there July 10 at 145 pounds, and on July 11, I will have a gold belt wrapped around my waist. So everything else means nothing to me,” continued McGregor.
The 26-year-old has viciously stopped his last two victims within two minutes of the opening round, both on American soil, and the clinical Irishman is 9/2 with Paddy Power to triumph in the first round again in Vegas, while the same bookmakers offers odds of 9/1 on the fight being finished within 59 seconds of the bell.
Betting tip: McGregor to triumph in first round @ 9/2 with Paddy Power
All odds were correct at time of posting.