Sunday 25 February 2018

'He'll have no belt by the end of the year'- Jose Aldo sees grim future for Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor will not have the 2016 he is expecting according to former foe Jose Aldo
Conor McGregor will not have the 2016 he is expecting according to former foe Jose Aldo

Tom Rooney

Jose Aldo reckons Conor McGregor is unlikely to have any UFC title to his name come year’s end, let alone the three he’s said to be targeting.

In just over two weeks’ time at UFC 196, featherweight champion McGregor will challenge Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight crown as he seeks to become the first man in company history to hold two titles concurrently.

Having relieved Aldo of the 145 lbs strap he held for the better part of five years in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 last December, the Dubliner was quick to lay to claim to a shot at Dos Anjos. Indeed, the UFC brass duly obliged him.

However, McGregor and his coach John Kavanagh have strongly intimated that the quest for unprecedented glory will not stop there and, before the curtain closes on 2016, a tilt at the welterweight title may be mounted.

Aldo, who has never been more vocal in his career since that left hook brought his reign to an abrupt and concussive conclusion, is decidedly sceptical.

"I think it’s tough," Aldo said in an interview published on “And I’ll say this: I don’t think he will have any belt by the end of the year. And everyone will forget him. He has this dream, this goal, but you can be sure that he won’t have any (belt) by the end of the year.”

Furthermore, the former champion is confident that his compatriot will dispatch of McGregor and, before long, he’ll regain the title that was once his.

“I expect a win from dos Anjos. I’m a patriot Brazilian and I will always root for a Brazilian no matter what. I will root for him. I wish him all the luck, I hope he wins

“A fight is a fight and you have to respect the other side," Aldo added, "but I see Rafael with the (lightweight) belt and the (featherweight) belt back to me. That’s a fact.”

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