Conor McGregor showed some serious respect for his former rival José Aldo after his stunning UFC Calgary victory over the weekend.
Thirteen short seconds and a legacy defined.
It really was unfortunate to see the legendary José Aldo treated in the manner that he was after succumbing to Conor McGregor’s left-hand at UFC 194 in 2015 and since then, barring his UFC 200 victory over Frankie Edgar, he had been finding it hard to regain his momentum.
Last weekend at UFC Calgary, however, Aldo managed to bounce back in stunning fashion against the highly-dangerous Jeremy Stephens, flattening him with a superb body-shot in the very first round of their co-main event headliner.
Conor McGregor spoke to TMZ in New York and expressed his joy for his former foe.
“I’m so happy for him. Honestly. See the joy he had? It’s a crazy business and I know he has gone through a lot of stuff.
“To see him come back with that great finish, I was very happy for him and his coach Andre Pederneiras. The whole of Ireland was happy for José Aldo that night.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena