Although Aldo and McGregor aren’t scheduled to fight for nearly two more months, any time one of them is in front of a mic, they’re asked about the other. Of course, this is because they’re two of the biggest names in the sport, and because they’ve formed quite the beef in 2015.
Recently Aldo attended a media luncheon in his native Brazil, in advance of his December 12th bout with McGregor. The latter heads into that bout armed with the interim featherweight title, as a result of the stoppage win he scored over Chad Mendes at UFC 189. Initially, McGregor was supposed to fight Aldo at the event, but the champion had to pull out due to a rib injury.
McGregor defeated Mendes in under two rounds, but according to some, the “Money” exposed deficiencies in the Irish fighter’s wrestling and ground game. Well, while sharing his thoughts on McGregor’s victory, Aldo had this to say (quote via Sherdog.com);
“After we saw his fight against Chad, we could see that everything was working out as planned and that we would win the fight. I mean, we will win the fight,” Aldo said. “Be sure that I’ll put my hands on him like I’ve never put my hands on any other opponent. I can just see the win ahead of me, and I’m going after it. I’m not going to lose focus. Of course, I’m going to leave him seriously injured and bring my belt back.”
Interesting. Sure, Aldo could just be saying this, as McGregor certainly hasn’t held back in terms of making bold statements. But, throughout these preceding months, it certainly hasn’t seemed like Aldo’s been mentally broken by “Notorious”.
Aldo-McGregor will headline UFC 194 and will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Middleweight champ Chris Weidman will take on Luke Rockhold in the co-headliner.