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Dana White: Jose Aldo didn’t face off with Conor McGregor in the octagon because he is superstitious

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UFC President Dana White discusses the aftermath of UFC Fight Night Boston, as well as why Jose Aldo would not face off against Conor McGregor in the octagon.

On Sunday night, UFC fans witnessed Conor McGregor take the final step towards a highly anticipated title shot against longtime featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo. The Irishman defeated Dennis Siver with remarkable ease to earn his fifth consecutive UFC win and silence his remaining doubters.

In the aftermath of the main event in Boston, UFC President Dana White believes the promotion has something special on their hands.

"It was phenomenal. I said it before and I'll say it again: this kid is a huge superstar. He is exciting and he's got that special gift."

While McGregor may dominate the headlines over the coming days, White explained that his featherweight champion is more than ready to take on the Irish challenge.

"He wants this fight so bad," said White. "He loves this fight."

Given that Aldo was present at the event, many were surprised when the UFC didn't feature a in-cage staredown between the two men. Apparently, the champion simply refused to step inside the octagon for superstitious reasons.

"He is superstitious. He will not step foot inside the octagon unless it is to fight. I just wanted to clarify that because it looked weird but nobody told Jose and he doesn't go in there except to fight."