Now that Jose Aldo has emerged victorious from his rematch with Chad Mendes, discussions on how Conor McGregor would fare against the featherweight champ are seemingly everywhere.
Of course, McGregor needs to get by Dennis Siver on January 18th first, but the consensus seems to be that “Notorious” will win the bout, and face Aldo next.
Well, recently Rory MacDonald shared that in his opinion, McGregor will “be a dominant champion”. Lyoto Machida, however, doesn’t see the brash featherweight defeating the reigning champ.
While talking to MMA Fighting.com, here is what Machida had to say, in terms of the Aldo vs. McGregor debate:
“If you’re going to compare him to Jose Aldo, Aldo is technically better,” Machida said. “(McGregor) is a tough fighter, he’s coming out strong, but you can’t say he beats Aldo. Aldo is too dominant.”
And what does Machida think of McGregor? Who has verbally trashed Aldo, as well as all of the featherweight division’s top contenders?
“He can promote himself the way he wants. I don’t see (McGregor) as a bad person,” Machida said. “He’s right, he’s promoting himself this way, and we have to respect him.”
There’s no question that McGregor has done a good job at making headlines, whether it’s been through his actions in or out of the Octagon.
As far as Machida’s fighting career, the former light-heavyweight champ is scheduled to face CB Dollaway on December 20th in Sao Paolo, Brazil. “The Dragon” will be looking to get back on track, after he was decisioned by middleweight champ Chris Weidman in July.
Dollaway, meanwhile, is coming off wins over Cezar Ferreira and Francis Carmont, and has worked his way into the division’s #10 ranking. Machida is currently sitting at #4.