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Conor McGregor is a 'leprechaun with a pot of money' - Jose Aldo head coach

Published 11/04/2015 | 21:36

31 March 2015; UFC featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, left, faces off against UFC featherweight title challenger Conor McGregor as UFC President Dana White tries to separate them during a UFC fan event. The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
31 March 2015; UFC featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, left, faces off against UFC featherweight title challenger Conor McGregor as UFC President Dana White tries to separate them during a UFC fan event. The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor has been described as a 'leprechaun with a pot of money' by his rival and reigning UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's head coach.

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Coach Andre Pederneiras said Dubliner Conor McGregor News">McGregor's tough talking is bringing plenty of attention to the division.

He also said that the Aldo camp are expecting a 'big challenge' from McGregor at the UFC 189 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this July.

“I joked about it, but it is happening: Conor is a leprechaun bringing a pot of money to the division," Pederneiras told Combate,

“I wish there were more athletes like him to get some attention. Unlike many that talk a lot, Conor proved what he says.

"We’re treating this fight like a big challenge for Aldo.

“Maybe [McGregor] hasn’t fought the guys I think he could have fought to get there. But if you look at who Aldo fought, he fought everybody he could have fought, except for McGregor. I think it’s his turn now, and it’s going to be a great fight. After this fight, numbers will grow, especially because of Conor coming to the division.”

Pederneiras did have a word of advice for McGregor, however, and said the tough talking could benefit Aldo before the fight.

“An opponent talking bad things about you always motivates you to beat him up, and Conor does it perfectly,” he said.

“The more McGregor talks, the more he will get beat up. It’s fine by me if he talks, we think most of the things he says are funny.

"We’re just waiting to see how he’s going to act on fight day.”

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