Nobody is enjoying Conor McGregor’s current situation more than Jose Aldo.
The Brazilian aimed a cheeky dig at McGregor after the Irish fighter refused to attend the UFC 200 press conference in Las Vegas.
The Notorious has been pulled from the July event, where he was set to take on Nate Diaz, after turning down a request to help promote the fight. In a statement, McGregor said: “I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote.”
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Aldo is taking full part in the promotional tour for his fight against Frankie Edgar, with the winner lined up to take on McGregor.
And in quite hilarious fashion, the former featherweight champion has taken a not-so-subtle shot at the man who ended his 10-year unbeaten run with a 13-second knockout at December’s UFC 194 event.
Aldo trolls McGregor
Well played, Aldo. McGregor might have gotten the better of you inside the octagon but you certainly win at social media.
Instead of travelling to Vegas, McGregor stayed in Iceland to continue his preparation for his rematch with Diaz.
But UFC president Dana White confirmed that the 27-year-old will not fight, claiming that promoting the fight is part of the job.
He said, per the Mirror: “Anybody who has fought for the UFC over the last 16 years knows that we try to give as much leeway as we can on things.
“But you have to show up to promote the fight. You have to show up to press conferences and shoot the commercials.
“I mean is it too much to ask to try to shoot a commercial or to do the promotion for the fight?
“A lot of these guys came from different parts of the world... Brazil and, er, New Jersey!
“But you know these guys all came when they had better things to do, because it's part of the job. It’s what we do here.”
It’s no surprise that McGregor wanted to focus all his attentions on the Diaz fight. The American handed him his first loss in UFC at UFC 196 with a second-round submission and it was clear that the featherweight champion wasn’t entirely comfortable fighting as a welterweight.
But it’s clear that his failure to fulfil media obligations has rubbed some people - include his fellow fighters - the wrong way.