Conor McGregor has been trash talking Jose Aldo for months, and more recently, he’s been getting right in the featherweight champ’s face, but the latter says he’s the one winning their mental battle.
As any big time fan knows, McGregor has never shown Aldo much respect, and now that the two are set to fight on July 11th, he’s stepped up his verbal attacks. Part of this, of course, is because the two are currently on a “World Championship Tour” to promote their UFC 189 scrap, and as a result, they’re doing a ton of media.
Well, at a recent media event in Las Vegas, here is some of what Aldo had to say about McGregor’s antics, and whether it’s getting to him (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I was never upset (with everything McGregor said). I just laughed at it. It’s tough to get me pissed off. My mind is my strongest weapon. It’s hard to get into my mind. I don’t worry about it. Face-offs mean nothing. I’m in his head and he knows what’s coming.
“He asked me to look into his eyes and I did. I saw how he is. I’ve studied him, I know all his movements. I already know what to do in there.”
Now, after McGregor stopped Dennis Siver in January and went straight for Aldo, it’s true that the champ looked entertained rather than angry. But more recently, Aldo was captured on an “Embedded” episode admitting he was “mad”, after McGregor got in his face at an event in Rio de Janeiro. Of course, one could argue that at the end of the day, all that matters is what goes down on July 11th. If Aldo can remain focused and on point, then who cares if he gets upset with McGregor’s shtick in the interim.
It should be noted that Aldo and Chad Mendes had quite the rivalry going before their rematch last year, and the champion won the bout via unanimous decision.
It should also be noted that McGregor has claimed he isn’t emotionally invested in the fight, and that it’s all about business, but he certainly appears to well up with anger when Aldo responds to him.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will also feature welterweight champ Robbie Lawler taking on Rory MacDonald.