Like him or hate him, Conor McGregor is the oddsmakers’ favorite in his UFC 189 title fight with Jose Aldo.
Conor McGregor has acted like the favorite since his UFC 189 featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo was announced and now he’s moved from the underdog to the oddsmakers’150 favorite after news of Aldo’s rib injury ripped through the Mixed Martial Arts community.
UFC 189 Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo
McGregor was originally pegged as a +110 underdog to Aldo, the -140 favorite. Now, with questions still surrounding Aldo’s rib injury, the Irishman has moved to a -150 favorite. McGregor is currently seeing triple the betting action of Aldo at Sports Interaction.
At this point, rumors are still swirling around Aldo’s ribs. Brazilian doctors say he suffered fractured ribs, while American doctors say the champ is only dealing with a deep bruise. Either way, it’s the type of injury that could seriously hamper Aldo in his preparation for this fight, even if he’s able to make the walk to the octagon.
“I know he’s injured and this rib injury is painful,” Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras told reporters. “He’s using anti-inflammatory and we will wait to see if he gets better. The fight is on, and we’ll check him again next week.”
Meanwhile, McGregor hasn’t backed down a bit.
“Just toughen up and show up,” McGregor told reporters. “Many people have stepped inside the Octagon with little, itty bitty bruises. We all have knocks and bruises. Dust it off and step up. Step up and fight like a man. Fight like the champion you should be.”
The UFC is so concerned about Aldo that it has contender Chad Mendes on deck for McGregor if Aldo can’t go in what would be a fight for the interim belt. Mendes is currently cutting weight and will be in Las Vegas for the week leading up to the fight and may have to step in with very little notice.
“I’m treating this like I’m fighting,” Mendes told reporters. “In my mind, I’m preparing for it. Until I’m told otherwise, I’m getting in there and fighting Conor McGregor for the belt.”