It’s official: Conor McGregor will go after Jose Aldo’s featherweight title in July at UFC 189.

LAS VEGAS – It’s official: Conor McGregor will go after Jose Aldo’s featherweight title in July at UFC 189. McGregor (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) led off his fan Q&A at Friday’s UFC 183 weigh-ins with the announcement, saying he had just finalized his deal to fight Aldo (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) for the champ’s 145-pound belt. UFC 189 takes place July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as part of “International Fight Week.” Although an official statement of main-event status was not announced, the bout is likely to serve as the headliner on the pay-per-view main card. “I’m going to rip that Brazilian’s head off,” McGregor said. “I’m calm, composed and I’m ruthless. This is just another man in my way. I feel he cannot finish his dinner, let alone an opponent. If it goes to five rounds, I’ll be more than ready. But it just takes one clean connection from me and it’s done. That’s proven.” Following McGregor’s main event win at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston less than two weeks ago, UFC President Dana White said the Aldo-McGregor bout was being targeted for the promotion’s Memorial Day weekend card. But it appears that event will be headlined by light heavyweight champ Jon Jones against Anthony Johnson, with Aldo-McGregor in the summer. McGregor beat Dennis Siver with a second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 59, keeping him unbeaten in the UFC. This past September, he took out Dustin Poirier with a first-round TKO, and in July, in his home city of Dublin, the Irishman who has taken the MMA world by storm stopped Diego Brandao in the first round. Aldo, meanwhile, continued his lengthy tear over the featherweight division in October when he beat Chad Mendes a second time, this time needing five rounds to beat him by decision instead of taking him out in the first round like he had done 20 months prior. He won the WEC’s featherweight belt in 2009 and has defended it nine times since then – twice in the WEC and seven times in the UFC. He’s widely considered one of the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Story via MMA Junkie