Conor McGregor may have a ton of momentum behind him, and is even the betting odds favorite heading into UFC 194, but Jose Aldo is planning a quick victory.
The two are scheduled to fight on December 12th, after McGregor came from behind to stop Chad Mendes at UFC 189, and become featherweight interim champ. Aldo was scheduled to fight his rival at the July 11th event, but a rib injury forced the champion to withdraw.
“As fast as possible, so no one suffers, including me, and we can come back home quickly to eat and celebrate,” Aldo said. “My last fight was a war, but we’ll suffer way less this time.”
Aldo is referring to his rematch with Mendes last October, which was definitely a “war”, and saw the champ win the thrilling bout via unanimous decision. Considering all the verbal shots McGregor and Aldo have exchanged this past year, it’s not too surprising to hear the latter say the bout’s not going five.
The 28 year-old also added, however, that he’s not worried if the highly anticipated scrap does hit the championship rounds.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m going in there and finishing his quickly, if I’m punching him once and he goes down,” Aldo said. “The important is that I’ll come out victorious, it doesn’t matter what I’m going to do in there.”
So, there you have it. Aldo also relayed that he’s slowly winding up his training, and noted he has plenty of time to prepare for the bout.
How huge is UFC 194 going to be? The card will also feature middleweight champ Chris Weidman taking on Luke Rockhold. The card will also see top middleweight contenders “Jacare’ Souza and Yoel Romero battle as well.