Tuesday 20 March 2018

Jose Aldo: Conor McGregor is undeserving of a title shot, but I'm happy with the fight money

Conor McGregor will take on Jose Aldo on July 11
Conor McGregor will take on Jose Aldo on July 11

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

Conor McGregor's next opponent Jose Aldo says that the Dublin fighter is "undeserving" of his world title shot and that the sport's rankings serve "no fu**ing purpose".

Aldo is all set to take on McGregor at UFC 189 this coming July in what will be the eighth defence of his UFC featherweight title.

McGregor has been bullish ahead of the mouth-watering contest, saying that he's "going to rip that Brazilian's head off" and his opponent in the summer hasn't held back either.

Despite the fact 'The Notorious' is ranked as third, Aldo doesn't feel that the Irishman is a rightful contender.

'If you talk about rankings, I think he's (McGregor) undeserving," Aldo said in an interview with Globo, translated by Bloody Elbow. "But, the rankings serve no fucking purpose, nobody fu**ing respects it, so this fight is good for me because of the money."

Normally more reserved in his media dealings, the Brazilian has admitted that McGregor's public self-promotion and trash-talking has had an effect.

"I'm getting a taste for [trash talking]. We have to be provocative to sell fights, talk more, to know we'll be more profitable. It's important. The financial side is great for me, for the UFC, and for him."

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