We’re nearing a year since Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor became a thing. A viable thing, only after McGregor outclassed Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 this January.
It’s also been far too long, Aldo tells MMAFighting.
Relevant as ever, Aldo says McGregor was only supposed to be a notable name until July, when the two were scheduled to face off at UFC 189. A rib injury forced Aldo out of the bout last minute, prompting the UFC to call on former title contender Chad Mendes to step in and save the McGregor-headlined show from falling apart. The Irishman went on to stop Mendes in two rounds, earning the UFC’s interim title and becoming a bigger star than before.
Even serving as one of the sport’s most popular stars, Aldo says McGregor won’t retain his post much longer.
“Yeah, [I’m tired], but I’m used to that already. I can deal with that now,” Aldo said to MMAFighting. “It was supposed to be gone already, but after Dec. 12 we will win and we won’t talk about him anymore.”
The elite featherweight strikers will take centerstage at UFC 194, headlining a card featuring Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Yoel Romero, Tecia Torres, Michelle Waterson, Demian Maia, Gunnar Nelson, Max Holloway, Jeremy Stephens, Urijah Faber and Frankie Saenz.
The bout takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and is widely expected to challenge UFC 189 and 191 as the biggest card of 2015, if not the most popular card in the promotion’s history.