After nearly a year of call outs and trash talking, Jose Aldo was scheduled to finally meet Conor McGregor in the middle of the octagon at “UFC 189” to decide who the featherweight king was. Aldo was forced out of the bout after suffering a rib injury, though, and was replaced by Chad Mendes in the last minute.
Instead of testing himself against Aldo, McGregor blasted through Team Alpha Male standout Chad Mendes to become the Interim UFC Featherweight Champion. While Aldo was on the sidelines recovering, McGregor did media appearances on major outlets and proceeded to trash the Brazilian champion. He has since laid off the insults and mentioned he just hopes Aldo stays healthy enough for their fight at “UFC 194”.
“Every damn day I woke up I said to myself, the true greats, they conquer adversity, true greats can slice through adversity no problem,” McGregor told MMA Fighting. “Jose had his adversity and he ran from it. He might be able to come back from it, but he will never be able to leave the fact that he ran when I didn’t.”
“I wish Jose well,” McGregor continued. “I wish him a safe camp. I hope they train smart, because they don’t train smart over there. They get banged up and banged up and banged up and their body breaks. That’s what you’re seeing with Renan [Barao], that’s why Renan had that second fight with TJ [Dillashaw], his preparation doesn’t allow him to make adjustments.”
The two will finally square off at “UFC 194” in Las Vegas, Nevada in December. The card is co headlined by a middleweight championship bout between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold. Which championship fight are you most excited for, and who would you place $100 on if you had to bet on a winner? Share your predictions in the comment section below!