Tuesday 17 July 2018

Jose Aldo claims Conor McGregor was 'full of juice' ahead of UFC 196 defeat to Nate Diaz

Jose Aldo has taken aim at Conor McGregor again
Jose Aldo has taken aim at Conor McGregor again
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Despite the fact that he faces Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, Jose Aldo has continued his verbal attacks on Conor McGregor, the man who stole his featherweight belt in 13 seconds back in December.

It is the second time that the Brazilian has made a doping allegation against the Crumlin native. Last month, he claimed that he wanted McGregor tested on a weekly basis because 'they don't have an athletic commission in Ireland. They have no rules'.

Aldo claimed he turned down the chance at a rematch with McGregor at UFC 196, when Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out with a broken foot, because there would have been no belt on the line and he suspected McGregor oj 'juicing'.

"The fight was not at featherweight. Why would I rematch him in a different weight class with no belt?" Aldo told the assembled media as translated by MMA Fighting.

"Now, to make this fight at 155, where he was full of juice in his body, where he hides and nobody tests him, only when he gets to Las Vegas, a week before the fight, and then it’s way easier for you to clean the body and fight. They offered the fight knowing that I wasn’t trained at all."

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) confirmed that Conor McGregor tested clean for any banned substances before, during and after UFC 196.

McGregor fought Nate Diaz on March 5 at welterweight and was choked out in the second round for his first UFC defeat and Aldo predicts that the same thing will happen in the July rematch.

"He will come back," Aldo said. "I don’t know if right after this fight, but he will. I don’t see how he gets too far even at lightweight. He won’t do well at lightweight either.

"Nate wins again," he said. "He’s used to this weight. It’s really hard to move up in weight and continue winning. It’s going to be different now that Nate will be more prepared. He can do his thing, anything he wants, from start to end. He can slap him, anything, because he will win. It can be faster this time. Nate will prepare, will have enough time, and it can be faster this time."

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