In the space of eight months, Jose Aldo has gone from an embarrassed former longest-reigning UFC champion right back to the top of the pile.
Conor McGregor knocked the Brazilian clean out after 13 seconds of their title bout at UFC 194 and after nearly two years of a build up, Aldo was left with plenty of proverbial egg on his face.
However, as McGregor sought out challenges in different weight divisions, Aldo dusted himself down and got back on the horse once more.
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The horse being the UFC featherweight championship, of course. Aldo beat Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 for the interim belt and a rematch with McGregor down the road seems inevitable.
You would think that the bad blood between these two men is piping hot, but speaking on the TV show Revista Combate, Aldo remarkably suggested that the two are actually on good terms.
"It's a friendly relationship. I don't have a problem with him trying to promote himself. If we take a look at it money-wise, it was pretty good. I think there should be more fighters like him at featherweight. I'm not his friend, though. He can go his way and I can go mine."
It's understandable that Aldo would not have a problem with the money that McGregor's antics generated him, even if they annoyed him.
The 29-year-old went on to add that the Notorious One is just a normal guy; the cameras and his comrades are what bring out the worst in him.
"I've seen him staring at a wall, looking at nothing with everyone around him trying to taunt him and he would just stand there, gazing. He's a regular, mellow guy, but if he sees a camera or some Irish people, he transforms in a such way that makes you say to yourself 'son of a bitch'.
"One day we were hanging out and he said he was going to get the coffee and I said I wanted mine with sugar and he said something like 'nice'. Most of the times we met, there was always someone recording us, though, so he had to keep his persona up. With no cameras, he changes completely."
At the end of the day. McGregor is the proven biggest draw in UFC history and there is a reason for that. The knockout specialist has shown a more humanitarian side following his recent battle with Nate Diaz, but he still knows how to drum up business when he wants to.
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