UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has some strong words for his fellow 145lber Conor McGregor.
McGregor, 12-1, has only fought twice in the UFC, beating Marcus Brimage and Max Holloway, but still managed to make quite a name for himself in a very short space of time.
Although McGregor has been extremely impressive, he has yet to beat a worthy name in the UFC. Nonetheless, this has not stopped him from calling out the whole of the Featherweight division when given time in the public spotlight.
McGregor meets Cole Miller in Dublin on July 19th in what should prove to be a strong test of his credentials. After he's done with Miller, he's said he'll 'annihilate Jose Aldo.'
This has sparked the featherweight champion to comment on McGregor. Judging by his comments, Aldo is clearly not intimidated by the Irishman. Talking to MMAFighting, Aldo said:
"That’s normal. Some fighters like to promote themselves by talking, and he’s just another one. I’m open to new challenges and I really hope he gets where he’s saying he will, so we can fight and see for sure everything he says. For now, he’s only a talker.
"I never watched this guy fight, man. He only fought once and thinks he’s the king. I’m waiting to see him fight again."
McGregor could make a great match for the current UFC Featherweight Champion. Aldo has almost cleaned out the 145lbs division, defending the title eight times (including in the WEC) beating the likes of former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes and Kenny Florian.
Aldo badly needs some fresh challengers so McGregor could be perfect, if he has the skills to match his promotional savvy. He has great striking, and his ability of throwing strikes through the use of angles could cause 'Scarface' problems.
Furthermore, the UFC are yet to have a champion from outside either North America or Brazil since 2005, when Andrei Arlovski from Belarus captured the UFC heavyweight title.
The company badly needs a champion from outside of the America's if it is to continue a rapid rise across the world, but opportunities and earned not given away and McGregor will have to get in line.
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