Last night it was revealed that current UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, had suffered an unfortunate rib injury during training.
What at first appeared on my timeline as a horrible potential breaking story quickly turned into a torrent of news and thrown out opinion, all tied together with a singular common denominator: please, not this fight.
Having spent an undisclosed amount of money (surely in the millions at this point?) to promote this fight, not only with a World Tour press junket (the first of its kind to promote a title fight, where both Jose and Connor have done an amazing job of generating attention and controversy), but also extending to closing down the goddamned Las Vegas strip to shoot an awesome advert, the UFC have done a phenomenal job of promoting this fight as THE much watch fight of the year, if not the past few years.
Dana White (President of UFC) has gone so far as having said the following in March 2015 (taken from Bloodyelbow.com):
“It’s a big deal fight. It’s a big enough deal that we are doing this world tour. I’m gonna go out there and say, we probably spend more money promoting this fight that we have ever spent on any fight in UFC history.”
As an MMA fan (this isn’t the first time I’ve written a blog piece on the UFC), and BJJ practitioner, I’ve infused my novel, Temporary, with a lot of inspiration from these disciplines. The action sequences, and the way that my protagonists carry themselves are based on a lot of reality from these two worlds, and so I, like many, have been eagerly anticipating this fight.
With my birthday only a few days after the 11th, it was almost like they had gifted the fight fan in me with this amazing early birthday gift!
The question becomes then: what options do the UFC currently have for UFC 189?