Injury To Aldo Has Caused Line To Move in McGregor's Direction

Published on June 26th, 2015 8:14 pm EST

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Conor McGregor, who will be challenging Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title at UFC 189, is now the favourite to win on July 11th thanks to a recent rib injury that nearly knocked the champion out of UFC 189.

Heading into this week, most sports books had Jose Aldo as a slight favourite to win his fight against Conor McGregor.

Earlier this week, however, the mixed martial arts world nearly came to a standstill after it was revealed that Jose Aldo had suffered a rib injury during training. The injury was "very painful" and bad enough that it resulted in Jose Aldo going to the hospital to undergo a battery of different tests.

The tests revealed that Aldo had, in fact, suffered a rib injury. The good news? It wasn't a fracture - instead, just a deep bone bruise. The fight with McGregor was on.

Having said that, the UFC had instituted a number of different contingency plans to ensure that Conor McGregor remains in the UFC 189 main event. This includes potential fights against Chad Mendes and Nate Diaz.

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The question that many people had - how would Aldo's injury impact the betting odds for UFC 189?

According to Bovada, Conor McGregor is now the favourite to win:

Conor McGregor, -135
Jose Aldo, +105

According to these odds, McGregor now has a 57.47% chance of winning at UFC 189, while Aldo's odds of winning have dropped to 48.78%.

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How much will Aldo's rib injury impact his ability to train and cut weight? After all, training hard in the weeks leading up to a fight is part of the weight cutting process, as pounds are shed before the week of the weigh-in. Will Aldo, who has had problems cutting weight in the past, be able to make 145 pounds? Will he be as sharp as he would have liked? Will his training be impacted by the rib injury? Will he even end up fighting at UFC 189 at all?

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There are many questions leading up to UFC 189, but one thing that is not a question - Conor McGregor is now the favourite to beat Jose Aldo.

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