Conor McGregor, or “Mystic Mac,” predicted that Jose Aldo would pull out of their featherweight showdown at UFC 189 in 2014. “I could see Jose pulling [out]. But I could see Frankie stepping in,” McGregor said last year.
“The Notorious” and “Scarface” were originally set the headline the Las Vegas event in July, but Aldo pulled out of the bout after suffering a rib injury in training. Chad Mendes stepped in as a last minute replacement and battled with the Irishman for the interim featherweight title. McGregor TKO’d “Money” in the dying stages of the 2nd round and accused Aldo of running scared in the post-fight interview.
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Aldo vs. McGregor was rescheduled as a featherweight title unification bout for UFC 194, but the interim champion still doesn’t think his opponent will show up on the night.
“I have beaten him already,” McGregor said to GQ magazine. “He is dead. Look at his body language. His body is weak and his mind is weaker. I can smell the lack of confidence. If the mind is not in it, the body won’t follow. He cannot beat me. He knows it. It’s why he went running last time… I can hear it in his voice, I can see it in his eyes, I know when a man is beaten, and he is beaten mentally. I still don’t think he will show. I am trying to be optimistic but I am never wrong, I always predict the outcome of my fights and I am never wrong.”
Aldo has vowed to hurt McGregor like he’s never done to anyone before: “I’m sure he will leave the fight all busted up and I will leave with another victory,” the Brazilian said in October.
Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor will headline the UFC 194 pay-per-view in just over a month’s time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 12th.
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