Conor McGregor has been widely criticized for how he acted at Bellator 187, but his rival Jose Aldo, isn’t one of the folks blasting the Irish star.
Since McGregor jumped the cage at Bellator 187 to congratulate his teammate, and had altercations with the referee and security staff, the lightweight champ has taken a lot of heat. More recently, Matt Serra even called McGregor an “attention whore”, while laying into the fighter for how he acted at the Dublin event.
Well, while speaking to the media recently at the Nova Uniao gym in Brazil, Aldo had this to say about the much discussed, incident (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I haven’t seen the video, but I heard about it,” Aldo said. “I think it’s normal. He’s an emotional guy, and when an Irishman is fighting the Irish people embrace them a lot. I don’t condemn him.
“He didn’t do that for attention, he’s done that before. When we did The Ultimate Fighter, an athlete from his team won and he went up there and in there, he even tore his pants. He’s really emotional, and I don’t condemn him for what he’s done.”
“How many times have I invaded the Shooto (cage) when someone close to me is fighting?” Aldo said. “I really go there. The referee talks to me, but I still do it. ..”
How about that? Aldo hasn’t been shy about criticizing McGregor for how he acts in the past, so, these statements might catch some people off guard. Although, it’s not clear from the comments above whether Aldo was aware McGregor appeared to slap at a security guard during the incident.
It remains to be seen if McGregor will be disciplined for what went down, but Mike Mazzulli, who is the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) and the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, did report the incident to the UFC and other officials. Mazzulli was overseeing the regulation of Bellator 187.
McGregor aside, Aldo is preparing to fight Max Holloway on December 2nd at UFC 218. The latter ended the Brazilian star’s second reign as featherweight champ this past June. The upcoming card will take place in Detroit, Michigan.