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NAC says it's 'highly unlikely' Aldo will be denied medical clearance to fight McGregor

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Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett assesses Jose Aldo's chances of being cleared to compete against Conor McGregor at UFC 189.

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The MMA world is still waiting to see if Jose Aldo will make it to July 11th to fight Conor McGregor in the UFC 189 main event in Las Vegas. It looked like Aldo vs. McGregor would be scrapped when news of an Aldo apparent broken rib first came to light, but a UFC press release stated that he'd suffered a rib bruise, and the fight is still on.

While Brazilian and American doctors apparently share conflicting views as to the extent of Aldo's injury, the decision ultimately lies at the feet of the Nevada Athletic Commission. Right now, according to executive director Bob Bennett, a commission doctor is awaiting Aldo's medical documents to determine whether or not Aldo can compete in just over two weeks time. As of now, prospects are looking good. (Via ESPN's Brett Okamoto)

"Right now, according to Dr. Trainor's communications with Dr. Davidson, it appears Aldo had a rib contusion and a cartilage injury," Bennett said. "Dr. Trainor is currently awaiting to see the medical documents and at this point in time, we think it is highly unlikely Aldo will have any trouble competing. Dr. Trainor has told me this type of injury (rib contusion) is fairly common and usually improves within a few days."

"We already have Dr. Trainor in communication with the UFC and we are making sure Aldo's injury is not going to prevent him from fighting," Bennett said. "We're already working on it now. We've been discussing this for the last week, going back and forth, trying to get documents. Upon further medical review of Aldo's documents, we will have a confirmed answer."

If it is, however, found out that Aldo does have a rib fracture, chairman Francisco Aguilar says the commission wouldn't necessarily automatically rule him out of the big fight.

"That's something I would have to talk to the doctors about and find out how it would impact the fight," Aguilar said. "From a novice's perspective, I would think a rib injury would have a major impact on a fighter's abilities, but I would need a doctor's analysis before denying medical clearance."

Should Aldo be nixed from the McGregor bout, he will be replaced by Chad Mendes in an interim featherweight title fight.