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Director explains why McGregor didn’t make the cut for Jose Aldo bio-pic

Afonso Poyart outlines the plot of his Jose Aldo bio-pic and why the former champs UFC 194 loss didn’t get included in the story he wanted to tell.

UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor
Jose Aldo
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Jose Aldo’s biopic “Mais Forte que o Mundo – A História de José Aldo” (Stronger Than the World – The Jose Aldo Story) has been going on a national première tour before it hits theaters in Brazil on June 16. After going to Sao Paulo and Brasilia, the film arrived in Rio de Janeiro in a VIP guest only screening on June 9.

Scheduled to be released back in December of 2015, the film was postponed after Jose Aldo’s loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194. The film’s director, Afonso Poyart, explained the main plot of the film and why there’s no mention of McGregor or UFC 194.

“The film’s main theme is his relationship with his father, like we show on the screen.” Poyart told Portal do Vale Tudo. “So the film ends when he becomes the UFC champion, chronologically, it doesn’t involve McGregor. But it works for this McGregor stage of his career, too. The film doesn’t only talk about winning, it talks about losing and getting back on your feet. People need to know the Jose Aldo that came all the way from Manaus and everything he has gone through, to understand that one loss is nothing compared to what he has been through.”

Aldo, of course, is scheduled to take on Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, for the interim featherweight championship, on July 9, in Las Vegas. The night will be headlined by a rematch between interim light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and the reigning champion, Daniel Cormier.

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