Last week, UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor said he doesn't think Jose Aldo will show for UFC 194. "I have beaten him already. He is dead. Look at his body language. His body is weak and his mind is weaker," he said.
Three-time title challenger Chael Sonnen also has his concerns over the main event. On the latest edition of his "You're Welcome" podcast, Sonnen claimed that his sources in Brazil have doubts over Aldo's commitment.
"I am hearing things from people in Brazil, and in this sport where there is smoke there is fire," Sonnen said. Every single time - if there is smoke there is fire, and I am hearing things from people in Brazil...that they are not confident that Jose's gonna make the walk. I want that fight to happen, I really do, and I don't wanna start a rumour here...but that's what I heard."
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It isn't the first time "The American Gangster" has made some bold predictions - in September he claimed that the UFC were angling for a Fedor Emelianenko vs. Anderson Silva mega-fight. Emelianenko ended up signing with Japanese MMA promotion Rizin Fighting Federation, and is expected to face Tsuyoshi Kohsaka on New Year's Eve.
Long-time 145 lbs. champion Jose Aldo was originally scheduled to engage with Conor McGregor in a championship tilt at UFC 189. However, the Brazilian injured his rib during a sparring session and was forced to withdraw at the last minute. McGregor then took on late-replacement Chad Mendes for the interim title, TKO'ing "Money" in the 2nd round to seize the gold.
Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor will now headline UFC 194 as a title-unfication bout on December 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.