It was only last week that former three-time UFC title contender Chael Sonnen claimed he had a source telling him UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo would not be stepping into the Octagon at UFC 194.
Aldo may not know who that source was, but he’s sure got a plan on finding out soon enough.
“Every little thing we do in here, everyone talks about. I was actually chill about it, but Andre Pederneiras was stressed out,” Aldo said to Combate (h/t Bloody Elbow). “I try not to care about what people say. It’s actually good this happened, everything we do here in the gym, we hide. Sometimes I say I hurt something so guys can go and talk about it. That way we find out who the rat is. I try to remain relaxed and focused. That’s what’s important.”
The featherweight champion last suffered arguably his most disappointing injury in June, when he sustained a bruised rib in the final weeks before his highly anticipated bout against Conor McGregor at UFC 189. He’d reportedly been kicked by a training partner brought in to emulate the Irishman’s unorthodox movement, bringing an end to the featherweight title match many were so excited about.
Problem was the reports surfaced long before Aldo even had a chance to get his rib examined, meaning somebody inside of the gym leaked the information to the public.
Aldo and interim titleholder McGregor finally meet to unify the straps on Dec. 12 at UFC 194 inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.