José Aldo has congratulated his great rival Conor McGregor on his career after the former two-weight world champion announced his retirement from MMA.
A lot of people are still sceptical over the Irishman’s true intentions (us included) but as the days go on since his original announcement, we have received nothing in the way of movement that would indicate that this was as short a play as his first retirement in 2016.
Right now, we have quite a bit of MMA action to look forward to ahead of the spring and summer – including Brazil’s UFC 237, a card that features the penultimate fight in the career of the legendary former featherweight champion José Aldo.
Aldo was the chief rival of McGregor at one point in time and for years after suffering an embarrassing 13-second defeat at his hands at UFC 194, it did appear as though he was having trouble letting the whole thing go.
Now, however, Aldo spoke to Portal do Vale Tudo and offered some kind words of congratulations to his fellow champion (via MMAMania)
“What he did for the sport and what he won – if I fought Floyd Mayweather and made 80 million dollars, the UFC would never see me again too.
“Do you really think I would train multiple martial arts three times a day?
“He had a brilliant career, he was a great fighter and if he really is retiring, I congratulate him for all he did in the sport.”
As of right now, it’s unclear exactly what McGregor is planning – although his long-time friend and teammate James Gallagher appears to support his claim that he is retired.
Only time will tell how this one plays out.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena