McGregor landed his signature left hand counter to put Aldo away, something Aldo’s coach believes was actually lucky.
Following the bout there was much speculation as to whether or not Aldo would retire, and whether or not Conor McGregor would be moving up to lightweight to challenge Rafael Dos Anjos.
Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras spoke to MMAFighting to discuss Aldo’s future, as well as the punch that put ‘Scarface’ away.
“How can you say a superchampion like Aldo made a wrong decision? If you analyze the fight, Aldo threw the first straight, a fake straight, and McGregor threw his punch and it wouldn’t land on Aldo’s chin, but on his head. But Aldo moves up, moves his chin up, and (the punch) lands on his chin. McGregor wanted to land on his head. And with Aldo moving up, McGregor can’t say he calculated to hit right there.”
“He will say this, but it’s something hard to say, especially because if Aldo goes in and throws his punch, it wouldn’t have landed. However, he was happy. Let’s say it wasn’t a lucky punch, he programmed that, but the way it connected on his chin when he moved forward, I think it was lucky.”
According to Pederneiras, Aldo is targeting an April return to the Octagon, which he expects to be an immediate rematch, however no official word has been given yet.
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