If you have a discussion with any MMA fan about the Nova Uniao team, chances are the words “unbelievable”, “amazing”, and perhaps “killers” will be used. After all, we’re talking about a camp that includes UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, former bantamweight champ Renan Barao, and Bellator bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas among many others…
While it’s pretty hard to dispute the success Nova Uniao has had, rising featherweight Conor McGregor apparently believes there’s some cracks emerging in the renowned team’s foundation. While speaking to the media recently about his UFC 178 scrap with Dustin Poirier, here is some of what the outspoken fighter had to say about Nova Uniao (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“We have the win over [Renan] Barao with T.J. Dillashaw. That changes a shift in things. Then you’ve got the fact that Barao missed weight and all so there’s definitely problems in the camp.”
“They’ve been complaining about money, etc. Then there’s been injuries back and forth. I feel a weakness in the mind frame of these people.”
No doubt the ZUFFA execs will love to hear McGregor’s crack about the complaints etc. The Irish fighter also relayed in the meeting that he’s headed to Brazil for the October 25th, UFC 179 card, which will feature Aldo taking on Chad Mendes. Kind of an interesting revelation no? Could the UFC be setting the table for a McGregor title shot already? If he takes out Poirier in dominant fashion?
While discussing the possibility of fighting Mendes or Aldo, McGregor relayed that in his humble opinion “I’ll honestly whoop both of them.” How about that Chad and Jose?
The Irish fighter also offered this comment, while referring to Aldo-Mendes I, which saw the latter get knocked out in the first round.
“Then you’ve also got to look at the fact of the first contest. Chad was embarrassed in the first contest. Every single shot he took was stuffed and he got eaten alive on the feet and then he got knocked out in the first round. It’s going to be an interesting one, but ultimately, I don’t give a s**t. I’m going to whoop both of them.”
First things first, and that’s Poirier, who certainly is no joke. It’s going to be one fascinating evening, and McGregor-Poirier is certainly a big reason why.
UFC 178 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the main event, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson will fight Chris Cariaso.