Jose Aldo has defended his UFC featherweight strap seven times and has been undefeated for ten years. The Brazilian has a resume to rival the great Fedor Emelianenko - the man who ruled the roost at heavyweight for an entire decade.
Despite Aldo's dominion over the featherweight division, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman thinks that budding star Conor McGregor will usurp the Rio de Janeiro local at UFC 189. Weidman spoke with FOX Sports to make his prediction for the most highly anticipated featherweight bout of all time:
"I love Aldo," said Weidman. "I'm a big fan of Aldo but I think McGregor's winning the fight. I think [McGregor] finishes him, TKO. End of the second round.
"It's crazy. Trust me, I know the world's going to end if he wins the fight. Everybody wants to see [McGregor] lose, besides the UFC. I think he's just so big for the weight. Very athletic, big and confident. I think those are his biggest attributes."
Aldo's last title defence saw him battle with Chad Mendes in a pulsating main event clash at UFC 179. The champ retained his title with a unanimous decision win after rocking and socking with Mendes for five rounds. Chris Weidman was impressed with Aldo's championship performance but still feels McGregor will steal the show in July:
"Doesn't seem like a lot's going on with Aldo," said Weidman. "I don't know. This drug test thing. His coach [Andre Pederneiras] is talking about retirement. Maybe [Aldo's] head isn't 100 percent into the game.
"It's fine because Aldo's coming off one of the most impressive wins, I thought, of his career against Chad Mendes. I feel like he showed a lot in that fight, but for some reason I still think he loses this fight."
Aldo will lock horns with McGregor in a main event championship tilt on July 11 at UFC 189 while it's expected that Chris Weidman will defend his title against Luke Rockhold at the end of the year.
(Transcripts via MMAFighting)