If you needed more proof as to how much buzz there is right now tied to Conor McGregor, consider that both Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes continue to field questions about the rising featherweight, not long before they’re set to fight at UFC 179. While Mendes has already confessed he’d love to “punch a hole” through McGregor’s face, Aldo isn’t interested in talking about “Notorious” altogether.
The featherweight champ recently spoke with FOX Sports.com, and here is some of what Aldo had to say, when asked about McGregor. If you didn’t know, UFC boss man Dana White has already said that McGregor will likely be tapped to fight the winner of Aldo-Mendes II.
“I’m really focused on Chad Mendes right now and I do think it’s a little bit disrespectful,” Aldo said. “This fight hasn’t even happened. There’s nothing set yet. I do need to keep my feet on the ground and keep focused on Chad Mendes and not think of anyone else.”
“He’s not in this competition and it makes no difference,”
So there you have it. Aldo isn’t going to toss any verbal shots McGregor’s way right now, even though the brash fighter has argued the champ’s in a pattern of “deterioration”. Clearly Aldo is all about Mendes right now and no one else.
The upcoming title fight will go down on October 25th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In their first encounter, at UFC 142 in 2012, Aldo knocked Mendes out in the opening round.
Since then, Mendes has bombed out Cody McKenzie, Clay Guida, Yaotzin Meza and Darren Elkins. Most recently, the powerful wrestler worked his way to a UD win over Nik Lentz.
Thus, this is why, Mendes has been arguing that the man Aldo will face on October 25th, isn’t the same dude he took out before. While that’s almost certainly true, will it be enough to hand Aldo his first defeat in nine years?