Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo spoke with Bloodyelbow about his current relationship with Conor McGregor and it’s pretty surprising. Check it out.
“It’s a friendly relationship. I don’t have a problem with him trying to promote himself. If we take a look at it money-wise, it was pretty good. I think there should be more fighters like him at featherweight. I’m not his friend, though. He can go his way and I can go mine.”
“I’ve seen him staring at a wall, looking at nothing with everyone around him trying to taunt him and he would just stand there, gazing. He’s a regular, mellow guy, but if he sees a camera or some Irish people, he transforms in a such way that makes you say to yourself ‘son of a bitch'”.
“One day we were hanging out and he said he was going to get the coffee and I said I wanted mine with sugar and he said something like ‘nice’. Most of the times we met, there was always someone recording us, though, so he had to keep his persona up. With no cameras, he changes completely.”
“McGregor made a fool of Aldo , slapped the little f**ker’ all over the place.”
“Aldo’s crying about McGregor… I’m like ‘bro it’s your fault, you took him on that fucking ride around the world, and let him punk you everywhere’, You’re responsible (so) what the fuck are you crying for? I don’t even know if he’s crying anymore because he got over it, he probably realised that. I’m like ‘bro you just made a star out of that guy’, I wish I had somebody I could just run all around the country and slap around, You know what I’m saying, now I’m the most famous guy in the world and all I had to do was slap around this little fucker all around the whole place.”
“I think it’s normal. He’s an emotional guy, and when an Irishman is fighting the Irish people embrace them a lot. I don’t condemn him. He didn’t do that for attention, he’s done that before. When we did The Ultimate Fighter, an athlete from his team won and he went up there and in there, he even tore his pants. He’s really emotional, and I don’t condemn him for what he’s done. How many times have I invaded the Shooto (cage) when someone close to me is fighting? I really go there. The referee talks to me, but I still do it. I think it’s the heat of the moment, but there are bigger things than just the rules.”