Many fans recall the wild celebrations that erupted inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas following Conor McGregor’s victory over Jose Aldo at UFC 194.
McGregor stunned the world and catapulted himself to immediate prominence after putting Aldo to sleep in the opening 13 seconds of the fight to become the featherweight champion.
The suffering that the Brazilian through that night is largely forgotten. Aldo commanded the 145-pound class with an iron fist prior to his battle with McGregor.
Prior to fighting the Irishman, he successfully defended the title seven times.
McGregor’s first blow to Aldo struck cleanly, and that was the end of it. It only took Aldo 13 seconds to lose the belt he’d worked his entire life for. ‘Junior’ was naturally emotional after the bout.
He sat in the locker room with a towel over his head, perhaps crying as teammates and friends raced to console him.
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Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo have a heated rivalry leading up to their battle at UFC 194. The Irishman used his abilities on the mic to play mind games with Aldo, which seemed to work as the Brazilian became increasingly irritated about McGregor in the days leading up to the fight.
Regardless of what happened between the two guys at the time, they appear to have buried the hatchet.
Pictures of Aldo’s tough weight reduction before of his bantamweight debut against Marlon Moraes in 2019 had fans wondering whether the Brazilian was fit enough to compete in the class.
When MMA journalist Ariel Helwani posted photos of Aldo’s body before the fight, stating that he appeared fragile, McGregor defended his old opponent. He also expressed his admiration for Aldo and his best wishes for his future.
The former two-division UFC champion wrote on Twitter:
“I disagree here. He looks more than on top of it in my experienced opinion. Well trimmed in advance, and naturally a lighter man now. This can only be done over a long length of time and with complete dedication. Respect! I wish him well and am excited to see him in this division”
Conor McGregor also defended Aldo after Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed that the Brazilian was past his prime following his loss to Petr Yan in 2020!