Jose Aldo was injured leading up to his scheduled UFC 189 title defense against Conor McGregor. Since then McGregor has won the UFC interim title, stopped the division’s best wrestler Chad Mendes and become the male face of the UFC.
By all accounts Aldo isn’t fazed by those accomplishments. The champion says he is 100% healthy, just 3 weeks removed from UFC 189, and is looking forward to fighting McGregor.
“My rib is fine, I returned to training now,” said Aldo.
He then gave his critiques on Conor’s performance at UFC 189:
“It was exactly what we already expected,” he said. “If you book this fight today, we’ll beat him. The strategy was already set. We trained for him once and we saw that our strategy would work with his fight against Mendes. We have the most logical way to win and we try to improve every time more.”
Pulling out of a fight on July 11th and proclaiming to be healthy on July 31st seems a bit odd, but we will give Aldo the benefit of the doubt. His match up against McGregor will most likely come in December, which is a long time for UFC fans to wait to see who will be the real king of the division.