Conor McGregor has repeatedly stated that he will take out Jose Aldo when the two fighters meet, and the rising featherweight outlined several reasons why at a Q&A session this weekend.
McGregor and Aldo are booked to fight on July 11th at UFC 189, after “Notorious” stopped Dennis Siver at UFC FN 59 last month. Although Aldo is widely considered to be one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighters, and the greatest 145’er ever, McGregor has relayed several times he’s not overly impressed with the featherweight champ.
Well, not surprisingly, McGregor was asked about Aldo at the aforementioned event, and here is some of the criticisms he levied against the champ (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t feel his boxing is great,” McGregor said. “His shot selection is poor. I would classify him as an intermediate at best. I feel his kicking game is overrated really. He cannot kick high. I don’t feel there’s anything special about him. He’s just another body that moves the way they all move, that I will shut down.”
“I feel he cannot his finish his dinner, let alone finish an opponent,” McGregor said. “If it goes the five rounds, which I don’t think it will, I will be more than ready. It just takes one clean connection from me and it’s done. The facts speak for themselves. So that’s the way I feel it will happen. I will go out, I will throw my shots, I will break him down bit by bit and he will break.”
While it is true that Aldo has gone to the judge’s scorecards in three of his last five fights, the Brazilian star has been taking on the best of the best at 145. McGregor has been critical of Aldo’s movement in the past, and it will be interesting to see how the champ looks, considering what the Irish challenger brings to the table. Unlike Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas and Frankie Edgar, McGregor does not come from an extensive wrestling background.
As far as McGregor’s comments about Aldo’s boxing and striking game, well, chances are the champ’s boosters don’t agree. Aldo has showcased vicious finishing skills in the past, and is also a very effective counter striker. It should be a fascinating fight to say the least.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. No other bouts have been announced yet for the card.