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Jose Aldo on Conor McGregor’s Bellator incident: ‘I don’t condemn him’

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Former rival Jose Aldo believes too much is being made of Conor McGregor’s actions in the Bellator cage in Dublin.

UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Jose Aldo still has his eyes on a future rematch with Conor McGregor, and he has always been vocal about wanting revenge against his rival. But he understands that, like himself, Conor is an emotional guy, especially when it comes to his teammates. So when he was asked about McGregor’s actions at a Bellator event a couple of weekends ago where he jumped into the cage after what seemed like a win for a teammate and got into a confrontation with refere Marc Goddard, Aldo actually backed him up (via MMA Fighting):

“I haven’t seen the video, but I heard about it,” Aldo said. “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.”

Aldo related the situation to himself, where he’s done pretty much the same thing in other MMA organizations:

“How many times have I invaded the Shooto (cage) when someone close to me is fighting?” Aldo said. “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.”

Aldo will look to regain his UFC featherweight title when he meets Max Holloway at UFC 218. McGregor’s return to MMA is still being figured out.