We’ve spent the past five months listening to Conor McGregor talk.
During that span, he’s been adamant that Jose Aldo — who already pulled out of their original bout at UFC 189 in July — would not show up to face him at UFC 194 on Dec. 12. Most of that talk has subsided, as both men are now seemingly healthy and just days away from facing off to unify the UFC’s featherweight titles.
Now we turn to Chael Sonnen, who is still not convinced the Nova Uniao fighter wants to be here.
“You’ve got Jose Aldo, who clearly doesn’t want to do the fight,” he said in an interview with MMAFighting.
“I’m not positive Jose Aldo’s going to make weight for this fight. If he could find a way out of this fight right now, he would take it. The problem is he’s here and he’s healthy. His last chance to get out of this… is to not make weight. Until I see him on that scale, I’m not going to buy it. He’s clearly scared of Conor; he already pulled out of this fight.”
Sonnen also had some remarks regarding McGregor’s uncharacteristic temperament as of late, saying the Irishman is mentally preparing himself for a loss to Aldo.
“Conor is now laying the groundwork for his loss,” Sonnen said. “He’s doing interviews talking about [how] ‘all great champions suffer defeat. Defeat is the secret ingredient to success.’ I can tell you [about] plenty of fighters that never tasted defeat. Tell that to Floyd Mayweather. We could go through the list. You do not have to get beat to be a great champion.”
Aldo and McGregor headline UFC 194 on Dec. 12.