Jose Aldo was in Rio de Janeiro, and spoke to the media during the opening of his new burger business in Brazil. As expected, the long reigning UFC champion was asked about his recent title loss against Conor McGregor.
“I think it’s normal (that McGregor was respectful after the fight). Everybody expected that,” Aldo told the assembled media in Brazil. “Like I said, I don’t care, I think about myself and those who I represent. I couldn’t care less what he says or doesn’t say.”
“The fight was one punch only. My punch barely hit but cut him. Imagine if it connected completely, it would have ripped his head off,” he said. “But he had the merit to connect a good punch and end the fight.”
Aldo went on to talk more about the bout, and addressed how people said he was “too emotional” causing him to be too reckless and aggressive.
“Everybody said I rushed when I decided to attack him, that I never did that before,” he said. “But I already won in seven seconds before, how did I rush now?”
“I went to do something traditional in a fight between a right-handed and a southpaw,” he explained. “I threw a hand in his chest and a cross on top. He had done two attacks before and I went for a normal attack. He had the merit to land a good punch, but I didn’t rush anything or was angry.”
“Everybody said I was too angry. Angry about what? I’m always cool in there. I go in there to do what I trained. I trained that. I threw a hand in his chest and then a cross,” Aldo continued. “I thought about throwing a kick earlier but I thought no, he prepared something for the kick, for sure.”
“I threw a boxing combination, which is normal for those who understand about fighting. He managed to get out and connect a good punch that caught me off base and finished the fight.”
Aldo also spoke about McGregor’s upcoming super-fight against Rafael dos Anjos, saying that he’s “sure” the fellow Brazilian will pick up a victory on UFC 197.
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