Aldo pulls out of UFC 189 main event

June 30, 2015

Jose Aldo is out and Chad Mendes is in as he now faces Conor McGregror for the interim Featherweight title in the main event of UFC 189.  Dana White made the announcement on ESPN’s Sportscenter with Conor McGregor by his side.

It was an interesting announcement.  Not because Aldo was pulling out but because it was made with the “challenger” McGregor.  Obviously we are reading into the comments, but White’s decision to make it for the interim title and his statement that Aldo has pulled out of 5 title fights seemed to reflect the fact he believed it was Aldo’s fault for not going through with the fight.

Mendes now will be fighting on very short notice against McGregor who has had a full training camp.

Payout Perspective:

Clearly this was the necessary outcome if Aldo’s injuries limited him.  McGregor seemed to indicate that he was cleared to fight but chose not to.  If Aldo was to go through with the fight, it would have brought scrutiny to the athletic commission.  In light of the Manny Pacquiao situation, the public would look closely as to whether Aldo would have been cleared to fight.  Even if he were cleared, Aldo would have been fighting with a known injury that McGregor would have likely taken advantage of during their fight.

The UFC has to be upset due to the fact they spent so much money for this fight and it will go by the wayside.  A huge Embedded series as well as other shoulder programming leading up to the fight will likely not produce a huge PPV buy rate.  Add the fact that Aldo has publicly spoken out about the Reebok deal and one would think that the now former Featherweight Champion may have to work his way back to a title fight.

With Mendes coming in on short notice, the odds favor a McGregor win considering this is a five round fight.  Prior to the injury, White was bullish on the PPV stating that it would have over $1 million PPV buys.  It already projected to have a $7M gate.  A lot of the marketing was centered on the feud between Aldo and McGregor with McGregor doing much of the promoting.  Now, the marketing will center solely on McGregor to sell this PPV.  The card is still very strong as it has a very good fight for the welterweight title between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald.  But that fight has not been promoted.   It’s a very disappointing ending to what would have been a huge PPV.

28 Responses to “Aldo pulls out of UFC 189 main event”

  1. joe on June 30th, 2015 6:59 PM

    Damn. I’m glad Aldo chose not to go into the fight hurt. But I’m disappointed he’s not going to fight.

    I’m not as excited about Mendes stepping in, but hey…it should still be a good show

  2. JF on June 30th, 2015 7:03 PM

    Can’t say it better than Joe, Aldo’s health comes first and Chad will be quite an opponent for Conman McClown.

  3. tops E on June 30th, 2015 7:52 PM

    Good for aldo standing up to the dictator dw…how much did they spend for marketing this fight? hahahaha…was it on credit? hahahaha

  4. Pink Pig on June 30th, 2015 9:01 PM

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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    Ahaha

  5. Fight Fan on June 30th, 2015 9:20 PM

    And the hits just keep coming, UFC may as well just throw this event on FOX, so much for it being as big as 1OO

  6. d on June 30th, 2015 9:29 PM

    Fag fan you are an idiot. This is still going to do a very good number. McGregor is a huge star. He’s already proven it based on his FS1 rating that destroyed anything boxing had this year on cable.

  7. d on June 30th, 2015 9:30 PM

    This makes no sense though to have him fight Mendes unless they think he has an upper hand because Mendes didn’t get notice of the fight until this past weekend. Bad matchup for McGregor, he would have a better shot against Aldo. Conor is still a very unproven fighter and everyone knows how UK fighters struggle with elite wrestlers.

  8. saldathief on June 30th, 2015 10:06 PM

    Steroids are a hell of a drug! Bahhahahaha

  9. saldathief on June 30th, 2015 10:15 PM

    And further more I believe I sated earlier in the week that this fight wasn’t going to happen!! Gee how did I know that????? bahahahahahah bahahahhaaha

  10. d on June 30th, 2015 10:47 PM

    Yeah, you did “sated”. Fucking retard.

  11. armhuinnamuice on July 1st, 2015 1:33 AM

    I get the point you are trying to make but it should be noted McGregor is not a UK fighter

  12. saldathief on July 1st, 2015 3:31 AM

    bahahha sated stated whats the difference. another ufc fraud, lie, miscalculation and flop!!! haha

  13. Fight Fan on July 1st, 2015 5:20 AM

    Another BUST of a card by the UFC

  14. d on July 1st, 2015 6:55 AM

    Fag Fan & Saldaqueer… a match made in retard heaven.

  15. Diego on July 1st, 2015 8:46 AM

    This sucks. There’s no way around it. Now I have to root for McGregor. If he wins he can fight Aldo in 4-5 months and that fight can be even bigger. And still in 2015…

  16. mmaguru on July 1st, 2015 5:30 PM

    There is an upside to this as Diego alluded to. A title unification fight would bring in a lot of interest if McGregor were to beat Mendes. However, most in the industry feel Mendes will likely spoil the possibility. In any case, if Aldo and McGregor were to happen, you would have to wonder if the UFC would take a risk and promote it to the extent that this fight was. Much money will be lost on this one considering the promoting expenses.

  17. FightBusiness on July 1st, 2015 5:52 PM

    and there goes their BIG event. I’m not going to take glee in an injury but i have said repeatedely injuries are common in this sport. remember last year “our ppv’s are low because of injuries” i said injuries are a common part of mma because there are two many weapons. this will hurt their band and deter fighters from doing mma. if a boxer gets hurt he makes so much money he can relax for a year. mma fighters cant do that.

    mma needs to only promote fights 6 weeks before the fight is scheduled to take place. fighers have to finish half of training camp before you can promote them. your going to have to eliminate the elbow and have a 10 second knock down rule if they were clearly knocked down. get use to your new nickname d- ” i love ding ding”

  18. d on July 1st, 2015 7:31 PM

    Fagbusiness is a retard. This fight will still be very good ppv wise. Also, there have been few injuries to headliners compared to last year. Everyone knows there are injuries from time to time due to the nature of the sport, but last year was an unprecedented number. We’ve already seen the reversal with the ppv numbers back to normal. They are already at 3.1875m ppv buys with 6 left.

    Your analysis of boxers getting hurt it doesn’t matter is autistic and not worth even addressing because it is so stupid.

    Your delusional analysis for improving the rules is also beyond idiotic. All I need is 1.8125m more with a number of big fights still lined up. FAGBUSINESS COMING 2016!

  19. tops E on July 1st, 2015 10:18 PM

    http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/story/ufc-189-jose-aldo-provides-x-rays-of-broken-ribs-fires-back-at-conor-mcgregor-070115……if this is true than dw the dictator really tried to dictate aldo to fight….pathetic hahahaha….desperate

  20. LeonThePro on July 2nd, 2015 6:18 PM

    DforDelusional!

    “d on June 17th, 2015 7:50 AM

    Yeah we are at around 3m buys with the biggest event of the year coming up in July and if that fight goes down as scheduled it is over for The Schmo. Can’t wait for his excuses. 6 ppvs left, only approx 2m buys needed. The only way you could cover this at this point is if this fight gets scrapped coming up in July because if it goes down, it would be impossible for you to win. You are also forgetting a possible mega event in December at MSG with Weidman plus Jones/Cormier. Not to mention the September event with Weidman-Rockhold that should do over 500k buys.”

    LMAO. Delusional don’t quit your day job of being a UFC blogger – you would FAIL as a psychic aahahahah.

    MSG – see you there. Will you be the guy in the raincoat asking for change?
    Does Weidman sell 500k on his own, as a headliner?
    Did the fight at 189 get scrapped? Is there a serious chance that CM loses, Aldo gets injured again, or CM gets injured again? All of the above?

    “They are already at 3.1875m ppv buys with 6 left. ”

    Just checked Blue Book and the numbers equate to 3.125M. So you’ve got to get an average of 312k PPV buys from here on in. Good luck!

    Lastly, there are tonnes of injuries this year and you know it – stop being DELUSIONAL. HAHAH. oh wait , JBJ was out from a legality – not injury. LOL .

  21. d on July 2nd, 2015 9:32 PM

    Leon the Retarded Schmo is back from hiding from his shameful predictions.

    ““UFC 175 did the same prelim viewership – don’t know Google searches Jason? – so I’m still guessing in the 500 range”

    Leon the Schmo’s prediction for UFC 182 which did 800k buys.

    ” Before Anderson Silva’s mega-event at 168 he was hovering around 500k or so, and that was with a mythical status. Now, he’s lost twice (badly), been injured, and has no belt. I don’t see the Diaz ppv doing big numbers at all.”
    ” My point is very relevant he will do 375k give or take.” referring to UFC 183.”

    183 does 650k buys.

    Leon the Retard also predicted Rousey-Zingano would bomb calling it a fight night card. What an idiot!

    “” In no way shape or form, are injuries guaranteed to be any LESS in 2015.”

    Already proven wrong. The majority of the fights went through. Nearly every ppv headliner in 2014 got swapped due to injury.

    “Does Weidman sell 500k on his own, as a headliner?”

    Yeah, he’s done it already and now he has the strongest competition he’s ever had coming up with a big named fighter in Luke Rockhold.

    “Did the fight at 189 get scrapped?”

    No, it didn’t get scrapped, it is going on July 11th and will still do a solid number.

    ” Is there a serious chance that CM loses, Aldo gets injured again, or CM gets injured again? All of the above?”

    CM Punk losing will still draw fans seeing how they can’t predict what will happen retard.

    312k per ppv with a big one coming up in a few weeks, followed by Rousey, Weidman, etc. You need more injuries. You were gifted the Jones situation which had nothing to do with injuries(which your entire theory revolved around, which is devolving as we speak).

    Tons of injuries to the headliners??? You fucking idiot. It’s been a fraction of what it was last year.

    Gonna be funny when you have to hide your head in the sand you faggot when we hit 5m! HAHAHA!!

    LEON THE SCHMO!!!!!!!!

  22. d on July 2nd, 2015 9:41 PM

    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2015/7/2/8888281/grammy-award-winner-sinead-oconnor-sing-conor-mcgregor-ufc-189-mma-news

    Just goes to show you how big of a star this guy has already turned into. He is the draw. No one other than the hardcore fans even know who Aldo is. This will still draw a solid number.

  23. LeonThePro on July 2nd, 2015 9:49 PM

    LOL Delusional!

    Thanks for looking up the posts as per usual – make sure you bill the UFC for your time. Can you copy/paste your predictions for 187 and 189? HAHAHAH of course not!

    CM was referring to Connor McGregor. Nice try trying to bring CM punk into the mix.

    When did Weidman sell 500k? With or without Rousey?

    Wow so Delusional you’ve had 3 lucky PPVs -being the first 3 of the year which you are pretty much basing your whole argument on. Good call.

    “Tons of injuries to the headliners??? You fucking idiot. It’s been a fraction of what it was last year”
    – Really? How many main events and co-main events have been changed this year compared to last year? Injury, pot smoking, crack use, who cares – it’s still a gong show. Can you look this up for us?!

    ————- “Did the fight at 189 get scrapped?

    No, it didn’t get scrapped, it is going on July 11th and will still do a solid number.”

    ………….. Please make us another genius prediction like you have all year! ahahahhhhahaha!

    DforDelusional is auditioning for the new JOKER role in the next BatMan? Aahahahahahahahah

  24. d on July 2nd, 2015 11:18 PM

    “Thanks for looking up the posts as per usual – make sure you bill the UFC for your time. Can you copy/paste your predictions for 187 and 189? HAHAHAH of course not!”

    Says the idiot who looked up my posts. Only difference is your statements make you look like a much bigger moron.

    189 didn’t happen yet retard.

    “When did Weidman sell 500k? With or without Rousey?”

    Weidman headlined against Machida and did 550k. Rousey was on the undercard- the same Rousey that when headlining only did 350k buys a few months earlier than the Weidman card. Chris was the draw, not Rousey.

    “Wow so Delusional you’ve had 3 lucky PPVs -being the first 3 of the year which you are pretty much basing your whole argument on. Good call.”

    You made 1 prediction right Nostrodumbass. You’ve had 4 wrong. God you are an idiot.

  25. d on July 2nd, 2015 11:23 PM

    “– Really? How many main events and co-main events have been changed this year compared to last year? Injury, pot smoking, crack use, who cares – it’s still a gong show. Can you look this up for us?!”

    Not nearly as many as in 2014, it isn’t even close, and one of the ppvs that had an injury was Weidman-Belfort which was rescheduled a few months later. You are too stupid to follow your own bullshit or the point of this argument, because YOU CLEARLY CARED MORON! You were the one who based your entire argument initially on the injuries being the issue with the UFC.

    “Please make us another genius prediction like you have all year! ahahahhhhahaha!
    DforDelusional is auditioning for the new JOKER role in the next BatMan? Aahahahahahahaha”

    This is coming from a retard that is literally 1-4 in his ppv predictions this year. You are completely delusional and blinded from reality. In what world do you live in where your predictions have been better than mine? I was right far more consistently than you were, I posted your idiotic comments you fucking retard.

    I can’t wait until they hit 5m, because Leon’s gonna have to run and hide in shame!!

  26. d on July 2nd, 2015 11:24 PM

    By the way, your jokes are pathetic. You are a very big dork.

  27. LeonThePro on July 3rd, 2015 9:34 AM

    DELUSIONAL!

    I guess Weidman just killed it at 187? Double title fight? Are you that Delusional you can’t even admit how Rousey was the draw before? Look at Rousey’s and Weidman’s fights in 2015 dipshit. Speaking of 187 – your asinine guess of 700k has been further apart than any of my predictions LOL.

    And 188 Cain was supposed to do 400k according to you. Yea, don’t quit your blogging job your predictions are just as terrible, if not worse.

    DforDelusional you got a lucky break …. tick tock tick tock… you better rant as much as you can on here before youre times up…

    Nice try trying to spin the DISASTER that just happened here at 189. Good job … ULTIMATE Spinner.

    What rhymes with Ass Clown?

    YAHOO!

    AHAHAHAHAH hope you like that joke DforfuckingDelusional LOL!

  28. d on July 3rd, 2015 9:43 AM

    Hey moron, Weidman wasn’t the headliner, the ufc barely promoted the fight, and the Mayweather fight took some steam away from it. Rockhold is also seen as much more of a threat than Belfort.

    I just proved that Rousey wasn’t the draw before you fucking idiot. Are you that delusional that you can’t see that she only did 350k buys as a headliner shortly before that, and Weidman did over a million buys with Silva clearly proving he was the legit draw for that fight?

    “And 188 Cain was supposed to do 400k according to you. Yea, don’t quit your blogging job your predictions are just as terrible, if not worse.”

    Right, and according to you Cain was supposed to do 225k buys. Congratulations on another one of your many horrible predictions idiot.

    Your entire post is a rant you pathetic insecure freak. You’ll probably continue to rant after they hit 5m because you are so pathetic and shameless. You are proving it now after being dead fucking wrong on all but 1 of your predictions you freak stalker. Why are you stalking me all over the internet, you nutjob? I guess you must really be embarrassed that your pathetic predictions were debunked and despite the fact that you are denying them, you can’t delete posts on here and they are available to anyone who sees them.

    Less than 2m buys to go. 6 ppvs left.

    Tell me Leon, what is UFC 189 going to do ppv wise, Nostradumbass?

    Shameless, LEON THE SCHMO COMING 2016!!!!

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