Jose Aldo is spilling some tea in regard to his old foe Conor McGregor.
Back in 2015, Jose Aldo was the best featherweight on the planet. He was the UFC champion and had successfully defended his title seven times. That all ended when he had a run-in with Conor McGregor at UFC 194. During that leadup to their fight was the first time that fans caught a real glimpse of McGregor’s personality and trash-talking abilities. Some believe that he may have gotten in the head of Aldo during press conferences and media appearances.
Now that Aldo is retired from the UFC, he is shedding some light on what actually went down between the two of them. He recalls the antics that McGregor was involved in and despite the loss to him, seems to respect McGregor as well.
“It was funny, because the guy drinks a lot. He drinks a lot. F–k yeah! He probably even like to drink gasoline. Bro, he’d call our private jet completely drunk, just taking sh-t. F–k it was funny,” Aldo said on the Connect Cast podcast. “He’s a good person because he does understand the other side. He understands the other person. But he’s a guy with a vision.”
Aldo looks back on what happened in his bout with Conor McGregor
Aldo had a storied career in mixed martial arts. He was the WEC featherweight champion for two years before the UFC brought in the featherweight division with him at the helm. His reign lasted four years before losing to McGregor in the first round of their fight. Now, seven years after the loss he is looking back and breaking down what exactly went wrong.
“It was his merit. I was going in, like it or not he has more reach than me, he had thrown a 1-2 already that I dodged and answered very quickly and he got spooked,” he said. “And I said, ‘Now it’s time to go in, Mike Tyson style brother’. When I went in, straight away, everything was spinning.”
Aldo may very well go down as one of the best UFC fighters of all time, certainly as one of the best featherweights. He is happy in retirement and fans could be in for a treat if the usually quiet former champion begins to take regular trips down memory lane.