Reigning UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has said that he has fully recovered from the rib injury that forced him out of his title fight with Conor McGregor.
Aldo was scheduled to face McGregor for the featherweight title at UFC 189 last month, but withdrew two weeks prior to the bout after suffering broken ribs and torn rib cartilage in training,
Chad Mendes was called up as Aldo's replacement, but lost to McGregor via a second-round TKO. As a result, the Irishman was crowned the interim featherweight champion.
With Aldo back to full fitness and having resumed training, the Brazilian is eager to settle his long-standing feud with McGregor.
"My ribs are great," Aldo said during a UFC 190 Fan Q&A in Brazil. "I've already returned to practice. Now, it's just time to wait for the UFC to set the fight [with McGregor]."
Aldo added that he had prepared a plan for his fight with McGregor, and is confident that it is one that will see him hand the Irishman his first UFC defeat.
"I already had a strategy; the strategy was ready," he said. "We only canceled the fight two weeks before. The strategy is ready. I think everything we practiced, we saw in Chad's fight it would work. We have the path set for us and now we just have to enhance it."
Aldo couldn't resist taking a swipe at McGregor, saying that the 27-year-old Dubliner did not impress him during his fight against Mendes.
"Everything he has shown since he came to the UFC was already expected," he said. "When we're in the Octagon, I will beat him."