Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor - arguably the most highly-anticipated fight of the year - has been given a confirmed date and venue. The featherweight title unification bout will take place in the UFC 194 main event slot at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
Aldo vs. McGregor was originally set to take place on July 11th at UFC 189. However, Aldo pulled out of the fight due to a rib injury and was replaced by Chad Mendes. With Aldo and his UFC featherweight title out of the picture, Mendes vs. McGregor was made an interim title fight. McGregor won via TKO in the second round. The fight between the champ and interim champ wasÂ then reportedly being considered as the headliner for a stadium show at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, but it looks as though UFC bosses have opted for their regular hosting ground at the MGM Grand instead.
The upcoming women's bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and champion Ronda Rousey was being talked about as a potential co-main event for the Aldo-McGregor card. But it seems that, like the Dallas stadium, that won't be a reality.
"That fight isn't going to be on the (Aldo vs. McGregor) card, for sure," UFC president Dana WhiteÂ told Yahoo!Â regardingÂ Rousey vs. Tate 3. "If we were going to go to Dallas Cowboys' stadium, that's another story, but the MGM really wanted the fight and they made a huge effort for it and they got it.Â And it works out better for us to be in Las Vegas."
UFC 194 is expected to take place on Saturday December 12th.