We’re just a few weeks out from UFC 189, and as the highly anticipated scrap between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor nears, we’re going to hear more and more predictions from the sport’s big names.
One of the most recent to weigh-in on the highly anticipated, July 11th scrap, is Chris Weidman. The middleweight champ recently spoke to FOX Sports about the upcoming title fight, and while doing so, he said this (comments from MMA Fighting.com):
“I love Aldo,” said Weidman. “I’m a big fan of Aldo but I think McGregor’s winning the fight. I think [McGregor] finishes him, TKO. End of the second round.
“It’s crazy. Trust me, I know the world’s going to end if he wins the fight. Everybody wants to see [McGregor] lose, besides the UFC. I think he’s just so big for the weight. Very athletic, big and confident. I think those are his biggest attributes.”
There are certainly more than a few people who agree with Weidman on this, as after all, McGregor is bigger than the champ and his athleticism is extremely impressive. You wonder what Weidman would have said if McGregor was facing say Chad Mendes, or another accomplished wrestler like Frankie Edgar. While Aldo is the greatest featherweight of all time, and one of the most talented fighters in the sport, he doesn’t have the offensive wrestling pedigree which many believe would threaten McGregor (or does he…?).
Now does this mean Aldo can’t beat McGregor standing? Of course not. Others have questioned, including Mendes, whether McGregor can withstand the vicious leg kicks of Aldo. Especially since he generally keeps a wide stance in his fights. Guess we’ll see soon enough.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the co-headliner, Rory MacDonald will take on welterweight champ Robbie Lawler.
Weidman, meanwhile is expected to face Luke Rockhold sometime later this (hopefully in NYC at MSG…).