In a recent interview with Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate, Jose Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, spoke about his fighter’s devastating loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 and expressed his feeling that a return bout is a must.
In analyzing the way in which the fight unfolded, Perderneiras identified what he felt were the two key reasons for the Brazilian’s lightning-quick loss – Aldo’s overconfidence and McGregor’s luck.
“He was so confident in the victory he (thought) ‘I’ll throw (my hand) and will catch him'”, said the esteemed trainer. It’s a split-second decision. Or you attack, or you get out. He decided to attack, and the other guy threw a counter to defend. He attacked, but moving in a way to stop (Aldo’s) attack”(translation courtesy of MMAFighting).
The Nova Uniao head man then suggested that the trajectory of McGregor’s left-hand counter would have led to it making contact with the top of Aldo’s head rather than the point of the chin had the now former-champion not moved his head up at a vital moment.
“If you analyze the fight, Aldo threw the first straight, a fake straight, and McGregor threw his punch and it wouldn’t land on Aldo’s chin, but on his head. But Aldo moves up, moves his chin up, and (the punch) lands on his chin. McGregor wanted to land on his head. And with Aldo moving up, McGregor can’t say he calculated to hit right there”.
Therefore, he theorized it was a lucky punch.
“He will say this, but it’s something hard to say, especially because if Aldo goes in and throws his punch, it wouldn’t have landed. However, he was happy. Let’s say it wasn’t a lucky punch, he programmed that, but the way it connected on his chin when he moved forward, I think it was lucky”.
Speaking about the possibility of a rematch, Pederneiras said that giving Aldo another opportunity would be the just thing to do. “I can’t see Aldo not fighting for a belt or not in an immediate rematch. It wouldn’t be fair if that doesn’t happen, but happens to others. ‘There’s no immediate rematch for anyone’, cool, we know what the rule is”.
On this point Pederneiras will have much support.
In the midst of all the talk about who McGregor will fight next, Aldo has seemingly been pushed into the background. While Frankie Edgar, Rafael dos Anjos and to a lesser extent, Nate Diaz are the names that are most often being suggested as the Dublin native’s next opponent.
However, there are those who feel this highlights an inconsistency within the UFC’s policies regarding rematches for defeated champions. While a long-reigning champion like Aldo looks likely to be jilted, Cain Velasquez has been handed an immediate rematch with Fabricio Werdum, and Ronda Rousey will have the chance to avenge her loss to Holly Holm.
It seems when it comes to making these decisions, the UFC think about the business prospects before anything else.
Pederneiras acknowledged this point with a comment that seemed to make reference to Rousey. “(There’s rematch) because she’s blond and sells well?”
But where there is a problem, there is a solution, and Pederneiras’ solution was an interesting one indeed. I’ll dye Aldo’s hair. Right?”
Blonde or otherwise, for now Aldo will just have to wait and see how everything plays out, hoping against hope that McGregor see’s fit to grant him his shot.