Conor McGregor has been doing his best to get Jose Aldo all riled up, but according to the UFC’s featherweight champ, he’s the one who’s winning the mental war.
McGregor has been verbally slamming Aldo for sometime now, but following his stoppage win over Dennis Siver in January, he made headlines by jumping into the crowd and going straight for the champ. More recently, at a UFC 189 World Tour event in Rio de Janeiro, McGregor got right into Aldo’s face and asked the renowned fighter why he had nothing to say.
Well, at a recent event in Las Vegas, Aldo was naturally asked about McGregor’s antics, and here is some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I was never upset (with everything McGregor said). I just laughed at it. It’s tough to get me pissed off. My mind is my strongest weapon. It’s hard to get into my mind. I don’t worry about it. Face-offs mean nothing. I’m in his head and he knows what’s coming.
“He asked me to look into his eyes and I did. I saw how he is. I’ve studied him, I know all his movements. I already know what to do in there.”
Now, when McGregor went at Aldo, following his UFC FN 59 win, the latter just laughed and laughed. But, following the aforementioned face off, Aldo was captured saying he was really “mad” in a recent “Embedded” episode.
Of course, what really matters is what goes down on July 11th in Las Vegas, when Aldo and McGregor throw down. Right now there’s a ton of buzz about the fight, so one would think by the time it takes place, it will be one of the year’s biggest.
Aldo will be fighting for the first time since October, when he decisioned longtime rival, Chad Mendes.
UFC 189, which will also feature welterweight champ Robbie Lawler taking on Rory MacDonald, will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena.