Reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo pulling out of his heavily hyped UFC 189 shootout against Conor McGregor (pictured) due to a rib injury cost McGregor a lot of money. However, McGregor doesn’t blame Aldo for “running” for safe haven because he was going to get dismantled.
McGregor has know for quite some time that Aldo was going to pull out of their scrap – even before the UFC announced the rivals would collide on July 11.
“I been contemplating it since long before the rib injury. As soon as the fight was announced I’ve been contemplating it,” McGregor said of Aldo withdrawing during Wednesday’s UFC 189 media call. “Like I said before, the eyes never lie. Every time I looked into that man’s eyes I saw fear, I saw glass. So I anticipated he would not show up. As soon as he could pull, he pulled. It’s something I expected.
“I don’t blame the man. I was going to f****** butcher him. Rip him limb from limb. So I probably wouldn’t want to face that, either. So it is what it is.”
McGregor now meets another bitter rival in Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight belt at UFC 189. If McGregor’s able to dispose of the wrestler, which he’s predicted he’ll easily do within the first four minutes of their matchup, “Notorious” has no problem with settling his business with Aldo immediately after.
However, McGregor says Aldo’s status is always uncertain so we’ll have to check with the Brazilian.
“One hundred percent,” McGregor said of finishing what he started with Aldo. “If he mans up, we should most certainly get it on. But I don’t know whether he will be back. Like I said, he’s gone running and I don’t think he’ll be back.
“If a man pussies out, and he’s pussied out time and time again – he’s pulled out of contests time and time again. I mean, the medical reports state that he is fit to fight, so there’s no more questions. You’re fit to fight and you’re not gonna fight. The belt rightfully should be stripped and this is for the real featherweight belt.”
Aldo is not expected to attend UFC 189, which takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Although, you can best believe he’ll be watch closely on July 11.