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McGregor vs. Aldo Set for UFC 189 in July

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(Conor McGregor celebrates his win over Dustin Poirier after their featherweight fight during the UFC 178 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

UFC 189 will be see Irish superstar Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC) take on UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (25-1, 7-0 UFC), officially making the title shot promise come true for Conor McGregor.

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(Jose Aldo (left) reacts to his victory over Frankie Edgar (right) after their featherweight title fight at UFC 156, photo:Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jose Aldo is an astronomical featherweight fighter. At 25-1, Aldo has nearly tied Anderson Silva’s record 10 consecutive title defenses (though 3 of those came in the WEC.) Jose Aldo has beaten the who’s who of featherweights and then some. Elite fighters Urijah Faber, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, and Frankie Edgar have tried their hand at the champion’s strap and come up short. While Aldo may not have anywhere to go but down from the championship spot, a win over a hot competitor like Conor McGregor would offer a unique win to his legacy. Conor McGregor may have a fast mouth for marketing, but his record and abilities follow true to form. If Aldo is able to silence the Irishman, who will they possibly throw at Aldo next?

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(“Notorious” Conor McGregor)

It’s harder to think of a fresher face to the UFC fold than featherweight Conor McGregor. Unique, brazen, crass, confident and most of all, entertaining. Conor McGregor has won all 5 of his fights in the UFC, 4 by way of knockout. The last 3 times Conor McGregor has left the octagon, he did so with the extra 50K the comes with a performance of the night bonus. One could argue that Conor McGregor has not faced the elite of the elite in featherweight before facing Jose Aldo, namely Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes. However, Frankie has had one attempt and Chad Mendes two attempts at Aldo’s belt, but none were successful.

Do you think Conor McGregor has what it takes to dethrone Jose Aldo? Will Aldo silence a seemingly unstoppable featherweight?

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.