Of course, since McGregor has repeatedly insulted Aldo since he arrived in the UFC, no one was surprised when “Notorious” accused the renowned fighter of ducking him. Although many fighters understood why Aldo elected to withdraw, McGregor, and others, believed the champ should have fought on July 11th, despite his rib injury.
Well, McGregor’s father, Mr. Tony McGregor, recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”. McGregor was understandably asked for his thoughts on Aldo’s withdrawal, and whether he believes the champion dodged a bout with his son. Here is some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Personally, I don’t think [Aldo] is afraid of him,” Tony McGregor said. “I just don’t know why he won’t face him.”
“I’d hate to think a champion is afraid of any fighter, you know?” McGregor’s father said. “I have to have respect for all fighters. Anyone who steps into the Octagon, I have respect for them. I don’t know why he pulled out of this, but the fact of the matter is, he did. When it was confirmed that he wasn’t fighting, it was a big disappointment for us Irish fans all over the world.”
It’s pretty hard to imagine that Aldo’s afraid to throw down with any featherweight, after all, we’re talking about a guy who has defeated Chad Mendes (twice), Urijah Faber, Frankie Edgar, Ricardo Lamas and the list goes on…Of course, Aldo’s boosters would likely argue here that we know why the champ pulled out of the bout; he had a rib injury, according to his doctor, he had broken ribs.
But, clearly the McGregor camp is adamant that Aldo should have fought, since some doctors believe he was medically fit to do so. Hopefully, Aldo-McGregor gets booked for later this year, and we can put all this talk about the injury, withdrawal, and ducking behind us.
Conor McGregor faced Mendes at UFC 189, and stopped the contender to become the interim featherweight champ.