It’s not every day you hear someone say Jose Aldo isn’t particularly dangerous, but at the UFC’s first “World Tour” event, Conor McGregor pretty much said just that.
As you know, McGregor is booked to fight Aldo on July 11th, at UFC 189, and has never had too many good things to say about the renowned featherweight champ. On Friday, “Notorious” took aim at Aldo’s finishing record in particular, and had this to say (quotes via UFC.com):
“The guy has one finish in UFC history!” said McGregor. “One legit finish. That’s it. I have four. Facts are facts. When I hit, they fall. When he hits, they survive. That’s it.
“He hasn’t stopped anybody in five years! How’s he gonna stop me?” McGregor relayed later on. “I’ve never even been hit inside the Octagon, let alone hurt!”
Now, it is true that Aldo has just one, memorable finish victory in seven UFC bouts to date. That took place in 2012, when he put away Chad Mendes with a brutal knee and follow up punches. The other stoppage victory went down in 2013 against Chan Sung Jung, but it happened after “The Korean Zombie” dislocated his shoulder.
During Aldo’s WEC run, however, he took out seven of the eight fighters he faced. Many would also likely point out that the Nova Uniao star has been taking on the very best featherweights in the UFC, while McGregor has only fought two contenders to date.
Whether you agree with McGregor’s assessment or not, the comments certainly make for good copy no? It’s going to be a fascinating night on July 11th.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.