Even with Jose Aldo booked for a rematch with Frankie Edgar and Conor McGregor booked for a rematch with Nate Diaz, both at UFC 200, the beef between the Brazilian and Irish camps doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras recently spoke to MMAFighting about the upcoming match-up between his charge and the former lightweight king, but the team Nova Uniao coach also added his two cents on McGregor’s July 9th bout with Diaz.
In the Brazilian trainer’s esteemed opinion, McGregor will struggle to reverse the result of the first fight, but even if he does manage to claim victory, said Pederneiras, “The Notorious” one is unlikely to find continued success in the heavier weight-class.
“(It will be) tougher than the first one. I think Conor will control more his impulse to get the knockout so he doesn’t gas again, but even if he wins, which I don’t think will happen, he’s way smaller than the athletes in this division and I’m not even talking about the champion”.
“For an example, a fight between him and Demian (Maia), who is a big guy for the division since he came from 185 pounds, Conor’s chances at defeating guys in this division are really low”.
There has been massive tension between Aldo and McGregor dating all the way back to January 18th of last year when McGregor jumped the cage to confront Aldo after beating Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston. Far more words and tweets were exchanged in the interim, than punches were thrown when the pair fought in December. McGregor infamously made very short work of Aldo in their title unification bout, scoring a 13 second knockout.
The bad blood hasn’t eased any since then either. Immediately following McGregor UFC 196 defeat to Diaz, Aldo took to social media with this message for the Irishman.
When asked about Aldo’s words during the post-fight press conference, McGregor replied by saying “That’s the sign of a loser”.
In what was one of the most anticipated fights of last year, McGregor, holding an interim title, knocked out Aldo, the first and only (at that time) UFC featherweight champion, at UFC 194. Now if the stars align at UFC 200, the rematch will be just as anticipated as the first affair, with Aldo holding the interim title and McGregor the true 145lb belt. It would be one of the most unique rematches in the UFC’s history.
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