HENDERSON, Nev. — Conor McGregor still isn’t convinced he’ll be fighting Jose Aldo at UFC 189, but he knows this much: He’s ready to face whomever steps into the Octagon on July 11 at the MGM Grand.
Although Aldo, the UFC featherweight champion, has been deemed fit to fight after reports of a broken rib in training, McGregor said Thursday he’s also preparing for an interim title fight against No. 1 contender Chad Mendes if Aldo is forced to bow out.
It’s one of several options McGregor said he discussed with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertetta and president Dana White.
“There were a few options on the table,” McGregor told reporters at his Henderson home.
Among them was an interim title bout with Mendes, but McGregor said he also could have waited until Aldo’s rib was healed or taken a lightweight fight instead.
“The original thought was that (Aldo) will be fit to fight in seven weeks, so I could either wait the seven weeks or fight someone else,” McGregor said. “I was thinking, if it’s seven weeks, I don’t want to make two (weight) cuts, so we discussed 155. That was an option.”
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