McGregor unsure Aldo will turn up
Perhaps it's a case of once bitten, twice shy, but Conor McGregor is not certain Jose Aldo will report for duty in Las Vegas for their featherweight title unification bout at UFC 194 in December.
The pair were due to fight for Aldo's title at UFC 189 in July, only for the Brazilian to withdraw on two weeks' notice due a rib injury, which many, including McGregor, felt he made up.
Chad Mendes stepped in to take on McGregor for an interim title, with the Dubliner winning by TKO in round two.
The Crumlin native has since assumed superstar status, and he and Aldo have been booked to conclude business on December 12 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. However, even with the bout expected to yield recording-breaking revenues, the 27-year-old remains sceptical.
"If he shows up, I'm still not sold that he'll show up. I've spent four days filming for the UFC countdown show that's to be released; they've been following me to training, following me here and there," he said.
"But they aren't filming him, because they said nothing's changed since the last time, but he pulled out, that changed. How can you film a man pulling out of a contest and not have him and his coach answer for it?"
The UFC returns to Dublin's 3Arena this Saturday for an event which will feature six Irish fighters, and McGregor's absence has been conspicuous in the lack of promotion compared to the show he headlined last July, which proved a victorious homecoming.