Conor McGregor has quickly become one of the UFC’s more polarizing fighters, as while he’s looked impressive thus far in the Octagon, his call outs and brash comments haven’t sat well with certain fans and fighters. On the other hand, it’s clear that there’s no shortage of fans who like “Notorious” because of his outgoing personality, in addition to his entertaining striking assault.
One of McGregor’s most famous comments (or infamous depending on your view), was when he took shots at many of the UFC’s top 145’ers, while assigning one or two words to each of them. For example, the Irish fighter described Cub Swanson as “old” (he’s in fact 29…), Clay Guida as “boring”, and added “who cares” about Ricardo Lamas. He also said Jose Aldo was “safe.”
Well, in a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, the featherweight champ Aldo was asked to comment on McGregor and his self promoting ways.
“The Irish guy?,” Aldo said. “I’m always watching every featherweight that fights in the UFC because we can eventually fight in the future. He’s a great fighter.”
“He’s starting now, but he is already saying some polemical things,” said Aldo, who is coming off a stoppage win over Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163, but will not return until 2014 due to a broken foot he incurred in the fight. “It’s part of the business. The (talking) put him on the map, so now he will have to show everything he has talked about. It’s part of the business.”
Aldo also said that McGregor “hasn’t spoken my name”, which could mean he was unaware about the “safe” comment above, or maybe he took it as the featherweight didn’t have anything negative to say? Who knows. The renowned, #4 P4P fighter added that “you talk and call out and get more attention” and that Chael Sonnen “inspired everybody”. It’s hard to argue with that.