According to former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, people are insane if they don’t believe Jose Aldo’s physique looked deflated at UFC 194.
“He’s never failed a test, but who knows,” Schaub said on Joe Rogan’s podcast this week. “You’re bats–t crazy if you don’t think Jose Aldo’s body looked different. You’re bats–t crazy if you think he’s going to fight the same. Also, his camp, I think, is 1-7, 0-8 since this drug testing came out. So you’re talking about a different fighter, man. For me, that’s a huge x-factor.”
Aldo’s longtime coach at Nova Uniao, Andre Pederneiras, took exception to the comments, defending the former featherweight champion by posting side-by-side photos of his previous four fights. He asked for the public to make their own call on whether his fighter looked suspiciously different.
“To the clown that thinks Aldo was on something and isn’t anymore, draw your own conclusions,” Pederneiras wrote on Twitter (translated by MMAFighting).
Rogan, who called the UFC 194 main event, first made comments on how “soft” and “deflated” Aldo’s body looked when his microphone was accidentally left on during Bruce Buffer’s announcements. Rogan did note he didn’t want to jump to any conclusions, but went on to question the changes a day later. The footage was leaked a day later.
Aldo suffered his career loss in 10 years at the hands of Conor McGregor at UFC 194. Long built up as a potential war between two of the best 145-pound fighters on the planet, Aldo was knocked out 13 seconds into the contest.