Tuesday 20 March 2018

'A lion in attack but a kitten when beaten up' - Jose Aldo's latest rant at 'p***y' McGregor

Jose Aldo has taken aim at Conor McGregor again
Jose Aldo has taken aim at Conor McGregor again
Conor McGregor, left, knocks out Jose Aldo

Tom Rooney

The back of a stamp would be deemed a superfluous surface to transcribe every word Jose Aldo uttered during his first five years with the UFC, but since losing the featherweight title his soundbites have become increasingly regular.

It was, ironically, that taciturn demeanour, the long since beloved aura of the strong silent type that united so many otherwise strangers in the hope that the Brazilian would give Conor McGregor what for at UFC 194.

If anyone could brutally neutralise the incessant claptrap of an upstart bereft of humility or the slightest semblance of decorum, it was the man who had laid waste to a decade’s worth of would be usurpers. Or so the refrain went.

As it turned out, it took a 13 second flash of fistic iconoclasm for McGregor to end Aldo’s reign and certify his place as the world’s best featherweight.

From almost the exact moment the doctor’s smelling salts brought Aldo back to the realm of  consciousness on the bloodstained MGM Grand canvas, he has not hesitated to speak at great length about the SBG man and how, very soon, the bubble would burst.

He demanded an immediate rematch, while often more than intimating that the famous left hook that rendered him just another rank and file UFC contender was nothing more than a lucky pot shot.

Soon after, when it was announced that McGregor would challenge lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, he delighted in telling the world that his compatriot would dispatch of the Dubliner without breaking a sweat.

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And, when the time came, Aldo would reclaim the featherweight crown McGregor had purse-snatched with a similar aplomb. In his estimation, the former plumber would be nothing more than a chastened afterthought before the curtain had closed on 2016.

Of course, that never happened. Dos Anjos was struck down with injury, Nate Diaz stepped in and promptly handed McGregor his first loss in just under six years at UFC 196.

Though they were by no means alone, Aldo and Dos Anjos were the most prominent names to revel in McGregor’s downfall. The bout had been contested at welterweight, in name only to be fair, and McGregor said he would return to featherweight to settle all accounts there.

However, news broke on Friday that the promotion were considering a welterweight non-title fight rematch between McGregor and Diaz, to headline UFC 200 on July 9. 

This, is of course, would serve to further stagnate the featherweight division, but the first instalment is projected to have broken previous pay-per-view records. Money has, more than once, trumped meritocracy when the UFC are deciding on marquee fights.

Speaking to Esporte Espectacular, Aldo gave his thoughts on the bout which saw Diaz submit McGregor via second round rear naked choke.

"He's a lion when he's attacking, but a kitten when he's getting beat up," Aldo said. "Everybody saw in his eyes that he's just a p---- that quits when he's getting beat up. That's what we saw."

He also predicted that a suitably humbled McGregor would return to the featherweight division, where more travails await him. Not only that, Aldo vowed to show the world that McGregor’s greatest feat to date was nothing more than a lucky anomaly.

"You will come back (featherweight) with your tail between your legs after what happened, after that embarrassment. You will come back. My hand almost caught you, but when it does for good, you will sleep.

"I'm waiting for the rematch. It's the right thing to do in my opinion because there was no fight, and everybody wants to see a fight.

“Everybody wants to see me beating him up, and that's what I'm going to do. I will run through him, that's a fact. I don't see other scenario in my head besides going there and winning, and getting my belt back."

It would be remiss not to note that Aldo was offered the chance to replace Dos Anjos but turned the fight down citing lack of training time.

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