Bad blood between champion Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor was at it’s boiling point during the promotion for UFC 189. Tempers flared, belts were ripped off of tables and many words were shared between camps. Five months after the wild verbal exchanges, it’s come down to the final week.
“I’m really thinking of the fight right now, but after the fight’s over I see no problem in shaking his hand,” Aldo told MMAjunkie through an interpreter. “You know, we’re going to have to see how the fight plays out but I’m going to be there working as well as he’s going to be in there working, and everyone else is, so I don’t see a problem with that.” Aldo said.
“I am always respectful, free, unposed, (and) I touch the glove before the fight begins,” McGregor said. “I won’t touch the glove when the referee waves us in to fight, and then I’ll touch the glove after the fight when it’s all said and done. This is business. On Dec. 12, two nations will collide, but peace will be restored through battle.”
McGregor is all about business. He’s one of the UFC’s top money earners as he promotes himself and the UFC with every touch of the glove or microphone in hand, he has no doubt found his niche in this business.
“It really doesn’t matter to me who underestimates me,” Aldo said. “I train for myself, I fight for myself, so whatever he thinks or anyone else doesn’t matter at all to me. I’m going to go in there and win, which is what I always do.” Aldo said.
“I got a phenomenal training camp in, solid, solid work,” McGregor said. “Everything has been going smooth. My body is right. My mind is even more solid than it is.”
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