Conor McGregor: 'Jose Aldo is a beaten man... he won't turn up for Las Vegas fight'
Jose Aldo will not be stepping into the Octagon on December 12, that is the opinion of interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor ahead of their eagerly-anticipated bout next month.
There was controversy earlier this year when the undefeated Brazilian pulled out of a meeting with the Crumlin brawler because of a rib injury.
McGregor went on the stop Chad Mendes in the second round with a devastating left cross, after the Californian stepped into replace Aldo.
Aldo and McGregor are scheduled to go to war at the MGM Grand next month but the 27-year-old Irishman doesn't see the fight happening.
"I have beaten him already. He is dead," he told GQ Magazine
"Look at his body language. His body is weak and his mind is weaker. I can smell the lack of confidence.
"If the mind is not in it, the body won’t follow. He cannot beat me. He knows it.
"It’s why he went running last time... I can hear it in his voice, I can see it in his eyes, I know when a man is beaten, and he is beaten mentally.
"I still don’t think he will show. I am trying to be optimistic but I am never wrong, I always predict the outcome of my fights and I am never wrong."
McGregor recently admitted that he is 'in a weird place' but his training regime is helping to refocus the mind.
"It’s all [his popularity] messing with my head a bit. That’s why I feel I just need to drift away for a while," he added.
"I need to say no sometimes. But then you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I’m in a weird place in my head now.
“But when I come here [to the gym] the stresses of everyday life all go away.
"Once you’re in here and someone is trying to wrap around your throat or punch you in the face, you’re living in that moment.
"You’re not anywhere else. That is why I love this place.”