Lightning can't strike twice. But, in the UFC, anything can happen.
Reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo was originally scheduled to take on Conor McGregor at UFC 189. It was hyped as the pay-per-view event of the year, with both men conducting a world-tour to promote the fight. The UFC's plans were shattered when "Scarface" suffered a rib injury in training and was forced out of the bout at the last minute.
UFC chief Lorenzo Fertitta is taking some rather extreme preventative measures to ensure the Brazilian doesn't suffer the same fate at UFC 194.
Earlier today, UFC Brasil announced that Fertitta bought Aldo a protective vest to wear in the lead-up to his fight with "The Notorious".
.@josealdojunior recebe camisa de treino especial para prevenir lesões na costela! #UFC194 ! https://t.co/bNginj0akA pic.twitter.com/dPQ18ZSzq7— UFC Brasil (@ufc_brasil) November 11, 2015
Jose Aldo's wife Vivianne Oliveira provided the full scoop to Brazilian MMA outlet, Combate.
"Lorenzo gave two shirts for him with protection in the ribs," Oliveira said. "He is training with that thing for people to protect themselves."
While the vest will shield the upper body, Aldo is still vulnerable in other areas.
"Of course he can hurt the knee, the pinky finger, but fighting is a contact sport," she concluded.
In Jose's absence at UFC 189, two-time title challenger Chad Mendes stepped in to fight McGregor for the interim featherweight championship. The Irishman TKO'd "Money" in the second round and will battle with Aldo in a title-unification bout at UFC 194 on December 12th.