Following months and months of anticipation, hype, and letdown, the day is finally here and featherweight champ Jose Aldo will finally battle interim champ Conor McGregor in the main event of tonight’s (Sat., December 12, 2015) UFC 194 pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Aldo is the longtime champ, the only one the UFC has ever known, yet most are somehow picking the favored McGregor to hand him his first UFC defeat and emerge from UFC 194 as the one and only champion.
It certainly appears to be in the UFC’s favor if he does, as the promotion recently lost the massive hype of Ronda Rousey and Paige VanZant, who both suffered brutally one-sided defeats in the last month. McGregor appears to be the promotion’s next major star, and it looks as if there’s nothing that can stand in the way of that.
But he hasn’t won just yet.
Many have seemed to look right past Aldo’s absolutely peerless accomplishments at 145 pounds, where he’s gone undefeated in the octagon after coming over as the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champ. “Junior” appears insulted by McGregor’s unique trash talk, and he could come to the octagon more motivated than he has before and hand the Irish loudmouth his first UFC loss.
And while that might seem like a disaster waiting to happen for the UFC, it may actually be in the UFC’s best interest if “The Notorious” does lose to Aldo at UFC 194.
It might sound crazy, but here are three big reasons why.