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'Mendes won the battle, but McGregor won the fight' - Jose Aldo claims Conor was lucky

Published 17/07/2015 | 19:12

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo
Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo

Undefeated Brazilian Jose Aldo has claimed that Conor McGregor was fortunate to get the better of Chad Mendes at the MGM Grand last Saturday.

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Aldo was due to fight the Dubliner at UFC 189 but was forced to pull out after sustaining a rib injury in sparring.

"It’s funny. When my friends aren’t fighting, I don’t even watch it," Aldo said during a press conference at Nova Uniao. "‘Dede’ talked to me about it, said it’s cool, that it was a good fight for us. He saw his game, that Chad was winning while he had gas, and that they shouldn’t have stopped the fight. But when I’m not fighting, I don’t read or watch anything."

"Mendes won the battle, but McGregor won the fight."

Aldo said he was pleased that McGregor emerged victorious as he will be in line for a bigger payday when they meet to decide who will be the undisputed featherweight champ.

"Chad is a really tough fighter, but it wouldn’t be that good financially (to fight him a third time)," he added.

"We considered fighting (McGregor) injured, I like those big events, and I was training well. We asked for a deadline to try to recover and fight injured, but I wasn’t recovering as expected. I still feel the pain. I would have fought if I could., but I couldn’t.

"I was upset with this injury. This was one of the biggest fights in the history, and we had all the promotion, everything that was needed. I’ve never been through something like this, especially for a fight that everybody wanted to see. This fight would bring a lot of money."

Reports today suggested that the fight could be in Dallas in December.

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