UFC FN 59: Conor McGregor Talks Jose Aldo, Says Champ Looks “Small”, Similar to Diego Brandao
By Kelsey Mowatt
As many expected would be the case, Conor McGregor had little difficulty picking apart Dennis Siver with his diverse strking game last night at UFC Fight Night 59, and as a result, “Notorious” has locked up a bout with featherweight champ, Jose Aldo.
While the win likely didn’t prompt McGregor’s biggest critics to go leap onto his bandwagon, since Siver is not the accomplished wrestler many have argued he should face, there’s plenty of buzz already regarding the upcoming championship fight. Of course, McGregor did his part and then some to get that hype going, by leaping over the Octagon last night and confronting Aldo face-to-face.
Now Aldo may not be a powerful, well rounded wrestler like many of the division’s top contenders, but the champ has defeated several of them during his storied reign. Not only has Aldo defeated Chad Mendes twice, but the Nova Uniao fighter holds wins over Ricardo Lamas and Frankie Edgar.
Due in large part to these victories, Aldo is widely regarded to be one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighters, and many believe he is one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in MMA. If McGregor believes any of this, however, he continues to keep it under wraps.
Since arriving in the UFC, McGregor has said he isn’t overly impressed with the champion, and speaking after last night’s win, the Irish fighter relayed the following (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“I’ll get the belt. The vision’s a little off, but we’re doing the stadium sometime. I feel like I’ll break him. He looks small. He has the same body type as Diego Brandao. He feels small. Jose will be the same. He knows I’m coming for him. When the time comes I will shut him down.”
McGregor is referring to the fact that he’s been campaigning for the title fight to take place in Croke Stadium, which is a massive, soccer venue in his city of Dublin. UFC President Dana White, however, has said the Aldo-McGregor bout will likely take place in Las Vegas, sometime in May.
While some might agree with McGregor’s assessment of Aldo’s physique, in terms of the similarities to Brandao, few likely believe “Notorious” will storm through the champ, like he did with the latter. If “Notorious” does, then McGregor will almost certainly have far, far few doubters.
UFC FN 59 was hosted by the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.