Just when you thought the beef between UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and his rival Jose Aldo might simmer down a bit, all this breaks loose. It’s understandable, given the fact McGregor knocked out Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194, but there’s far more going on than just that fight.
‘The Notorious’ trash talked Aldo mercilessly before they fought, accusing the now former champion of being a ‘weasel’ and taking steroids. There were rumours of McGregor making the trip back down to 145 pounds after losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, but he’ll now face Diaz again as the main event of UFC 200.
Aldo and Frankie Edgar were paired up also on the UFC 200 pay-per-view card. They’ll fight for the second time, after ‘Scarface’ defeated Edgar by split decision at UFC 156. The rematch is set for the interim title belt.
Aldo is still clearly sore about the whole situation with McGregor, but can we really blame him? After probably deserving an immediate rematch, Aldo will now fight for the junior belt, essentially just made for marketing purposes.
Check out his accusations towards McGregor:
“The fight was not at featherweight. Why would I rematch him in a different weight class with no belt?” Aldo told the assembled media as translated by MMA Fighting. “Now, to make this fight at 155, where he was full of juice in his body, where he hides and nobody tests him, only when he gets to Las Vegas, a week before the fight, and then it’s way easier for you to clean the body and fight. They offered the fight knowing that I wasn’t trained at all.”
“He will come back,” Aldo said. “I don’t know if right after this fight, but he will. I don’t see how he gets too far even at lightweight. He won’t do well at lightweight either.”
“Nate wins again,” he said. “He’s used to this weight. It’s really hard to move up in weight and continue winning. It’s going to be different now that Nate will be more prepared. He can do his thing, anything he wants, from start to end. He can slap him, anything, because he will win. It can be faster this time. Nate will prepare, will have enough time, and it can be faster this time.”
And then it was Frankie Edgar and his coaches turn to blast Conor McGregor…