Conor McGregor has relayed his contention that he won’t need very long to stop Jose Aldo at UFC 189, but now the featherweight champ has made his own, eyebrow raising prediction.
Aldo recently spoke with the media back in his native Brazil, following the headline grabbing World Tour he went on with McGregor. When asked by MMA Fighting.com about McGregor’s prediction that he’ll finish the bout in the opening round, Aldo stated:
“He always says the fight will be over in four minutes, but I believe it won’t last four minutes. I will catch him earlier.”
How about that for turning the tables huh? McGregor has said on several occasions that he believes Aldo is scared and that he’s mentally broke the champ, but based off how Aldo sounded during the aforementioned segment, he seems just fine. The 28 year-old was asked if his rivalry with McGregor surpasses the one he has with Team Alpha Male, and Aldo said no, since after UFC 189, “Notorious” will “disappear”…
Aldo was also asked about McGregor’s trash talking and antics, and whether they brash fighter had gotten to him, and he stated (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“That’s nothing for me. That’s business, promotion. We hype it so the money invested by the UFC in this tour will be back with the fight.”
It certainly seemed like McGregor angered Aldo on more than one occasion during the World Tour, but really, who could endure that without getting riled up? All things considered, Aldo kept his composure pretty well no?
Aldo-McGregor will go down on July 11th, and will headline UFC 189, which will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The champion is coming off a unanimous decision win over Chad Mendes in October, and McGregor locked up his title fight in January, by stopping Dennis Siver.
Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is also scheduled to face Rory MacDonald at the upcoming event.