As everyone under the MMA sun knowns, McGregor and Aldo are set to battle on July 11th, in what seems to be one of the most highly anticipated bouts in recent years. Since McGregor has put away his UFC opposition with highlight reel kicks and punches, the consensus is that the Irish star will try to do the same against the champion. Aldo’s coach, the renowned Andre Pederneiras, however, says that won’t be the case.
Recently, the Nova Uniao coach attended a press conference in Rio de Janeiro , and here is some of what he had to say about McGregor’s plan A and B (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“In my mind, Conor will be the one to become a wrestler,” Pederneiras said. “I believe McGregor will become a wrestler in the middle of the fight. Where he believes he’s good at, in the middle of the fight he will realize he’s not that good. He will try to grapple with Aldo. He doesn’t have an idea who he’s going to fight. He will go for takedowns during the fight.”
How about that huh? It will be interesting to see what McGregor has to say about the comments, if he catches wind of them.
Some have theorized that Aldo might actually look to put McGregor on his back, since we haven’t seen his ground game tested in the Octagon. Aldo is most known for his own striking pedigree, but he’s also a very accomplished jiu-jitsu practitioner. As BJJ Black Belt level practitioner.
If McGregor does look to take Aldo down, however, will he able to? After all, we’re talking about a man whose takedown defence has looked pretty, pretty solid against notable wrestlers in Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, and Ricardo Lamas, among others.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, Rory MacDonald will challenge welterweight champ, Robbie Lawler (in case you forgot…).