Current UFC Featherweight Champ Jose Aldo (25-1) has faced a ton of adversity in his career. However maybe the most he’s ever tasted was in the past few weeks traveling around the world as part of the UFC’s press conferences to promote UFC 189. The event will be headlined by Aldo defending his UFC strap for the 10th time.
However this defense could be the toughest to date as it will be up against “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (17-2). Conor has been going far and beyond his duties to sell the fight and more often than not he’s gotten close to in-sighting near brawls on stage.
In a recent interview Jose Aldo gave his views of his recent time spent on the road and his stop in Conor’s home country of Ireland.
“The worst thing is waking up at one place and sleeping in another one. The different food…that was the toughest part for me,” he told Guilherme Cruz in a recent interview. Ireland was really cold and windy, so that was bad. About the fans, I already knew they would support him, like when fans were on my side in Brazil,”
If you haven’t saw the video or read already, in one of the press conferences, Conor stood up and grabbed Aldo’s Featherweight Championship built. The fans in attendence all rose up in admiration for the challenger as the Champion got in Conor’s face. However such wasn’t the case outside of the presser as Aldo recounted that the fans were very humble towards him. Aldo maintains his hunger to win and knows that each fight is bigger than his last.
“I walked in the streets and spoke with normal people and thought the Irish people were very warm and receptive. I will always be hungry to fight,” he said. My next fight is always the most important. Now it’s time to go back to the gym, train and do my best.”
Conor made the prediction that he will end Aldo’s title reign and 18 fight winning streak within one round. Aldo said that after he beat Conor that he would make the fans of Ireland bow down to their new king. Jose addressed Conor’s prediction and added on to his own prediction in two chilling statements.
“I will catch him earlier. After I win, [McGregor] will disappear.”