McGregor labels former rival Aldo a “warrior” and believes that he “deserved more” in their clash back in 2015, which the Irishman won within thirteen seconds
Conor McGregor has returned a compliment to his former rival Jose Aldo branding him “a warrior” and believes that he “deserved more” from their 2015 clash.
The Irishman defeated Aldo within thirteen seconds of the opening round recording a historic early stoppage victory over the Brazilian, and started a fiery rival between the pair.
But the hostility seems to be behind the pair, as Aldo recently wished his former rival well in his recovery from injury and revealed he is “rooting” for his former opponent to return to his best.
And McGregor after previously praising Aldo in a rant at Khabib Nurmagomedov, has now labelled Aldo a “warrior” and a “honour” to share the octagon with.
“Brazil. Good to see you, my man. Good to see you. Good to see Aldo had a good win the other week; very happy to see that,” McGregor told Gossip Bae.
Oh, man, I’ll tell you what – What a warrior! What a warrior that man is! It was an honour to share the octagon. I would love him to do it again, you know. He deserved more, I thought. But, you know, a lot of respect for Jose Aldo.”
McGregor is currently in recovery from a broken leg injury that he suffered during an opening round stoppage defeat himself to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
And the Irishman has been backed in his plans to return and challenge for the UFC welterweight title against Kamaru Usman, with former heavyweight Daniel Cormier believing it “makes sense”.
“Any person with a brain would do that. Usman fought against (Jorge) Masvidal on 7 days (7 days’ notice) when Masvidal had all the hype right? When he (Masvidal) had been knocking everybody out, got on the plane, stopped in Italy for the pizza – did all that whole thing.
“And he (Usman) sold more pay-per-views than he’s ever sold in his life. Then he (Usman) fought him again, right?
“But he fought him again after fighting Gilbert Burns – And (after) seeing the difference in a pay-per-view against a guy that is a very difficult fight but may not have the name and a guy that is an easier fight but has a massive name.”
McGregor has also been touted for a return to the boxing ring after recovery, and has been backed to take on Manny Pacquiao after his recent defeat to Yordenis Ugas.
And the 33-year-old has also been linked with YouTuber Jake Paul, who his coach BJ Flores is adamant will bring McGregor’s career to a “tumbling stop”.
“Canelo Alvarez is not on our radar, but I like Jake’s enthusiasm for believing he can beat the big names,” Flores told The W.A.D.E Concept. “But Conor he better not fight Jake(Paul) I will tell you that now. His career will come to a tumbling stop if he fights him, I guarantee that.
“But there is plenty of other MMA fights and names that would probably give Jake a better fight.
“We will see which name makes sense for Jake including some pretty big names in MMA, I don’t go easy on Jake.”