Why an Interim Belt for UFC 189?

The biggest news in the MMA world of late has been the injury to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. It was first reported that the champ suffered a broken rib during a sparring match and his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 189was in jeopardy said Kevin Seawright. The UFC released its own statement that the rib was actually bruised not broken and the fight was still on. The UFC on Wednesday the UFC announced that Jose Aldo was backing out of the fight and that Conor McGregor would now be taking on number one contender Chad Mendes at UF 189. UFC President Dana White also stated that McGregor and Mendes would be fighting for an interim featherweight belt.

So the question on everyone’s mind is why they are fighting for an interim belt simply because Aldo had to back out from the fight because of a rib injury and Dana White was asked that exact question. White basically said that they would be fighting for an interim belt because this is not the first time Aldo has backed out of fight. Since becoming champion in 2001, Aldo has backed out of fights for one reason or another four times. This is the fifth time he has backed out. White also stated that other fighters have suffered the same injury but still got in the ring and fought. It probably did not sit well with white that the UFC spend a lot of money and time promoting this fight and it was all for nothing now that Aldo backed out.