Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor headlines UFC 189 during International Fight Week

photo credit: Heidi Fang - Fight Corner

photo credit: Heidi Fang – Fight Corner

During a Q & A at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday ahead of UFC 183, UFC Featherweight Conor McGregor (17-2) announced that he inked his contract to fight the reigning champion, Jose Aldo (25-1).

On July 11, the highly-anticipated title fight will headline UFC 189 as part of International Fight Week.

McGregor has made huge strides since coming into the UFC fold. A former 2-division champion in Cage Warriors, the Dublin native has notched finishes over Diego Brandao, Dustin Poirier and most recently, Dennis Siver to earn his title shot. “The Notorious” headlined UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston and the card drew the highest ratings for any MMA event that had previously aired on FOX Sports 1.

Aldo last met Chad Mendes at UFC 179 and successfully defended his belt for the seventh time. The former champion of the WEC was promoted to UFC featherweight champion and has been the only one to hold the title in the promotion since.  In 2014, “Scarface” also decisioned Ricardo Lamas.

 

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