Although Jose Aldo recently said all the talk about fighting Conor McGregor is “disrespectful“, since he’s set to fight Chad Mendes at UFC 179, the featherweight champ has offered his take on the rising featherweight.
Aldo, who is scheduled to face Mendes on October 25th, recently spoke with MMA Junkie.com about McGregor, who is expected to receive a title shot next year. Once again, Aldo insisted he’s focused on Mendes, but when asked if he’s watched the rising Irish fighter compete, the champion relayed:
“I make it a point to observe all fighters in the featherweight category,” Aldo said. “I’m the champion, and I plan to remain the champion. I do pay attention to any featherweight fight where someone is ranked in the UFC, since that could potentially be my next adversary. Conor is no different than any other fighter.”
“I don’t see anything that stands out.”
Wow. Now considering McGregor has repeatedly claimed he’s going to walk through either Aldo or Mendes, perhaps no one should be surprised by the champ’s response. Then again, when you’re one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighters, who has held ZUFFA’s featherweight title since 2009, maybe you’re kind of hard to impress when it comes to scrapping…
Aldo also relayed that after his bout with Mendes, he’ll “have time” to catch up on what all the hype surrounding McGregor is about.
Of course, no one really knows if Aldo is maintaining focus on Mendes or not, but it certainly sounds like he is. This should serve as good news for the champ’s fan base, as Mendes has been on a ridiculous roll as of late.
UFC 179 will be hosted by the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will also feature Phil Davis taking on fellow light-heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira.
It’s going to be fascinating to see if Aldo can keep the 145 belt in Brazil, as he’s the last reigning UFC champ from the South American nation.