We are now just a few months away from the fight that everyone has been buzzing about, the fight that everyone cares about, and the fight that everyone wants to see.
On December 12, 2015, UFC 194 is set to go down from Las Vegas, Nevada and in the main event of the evening, reigning featherweight, and pound-for-pound king Jose Aldo will put his title on the line against interim 145-pound champ Conor McGregor.
Being billed as the biggest fight in the history of the sport, the two were originally supposed to meet at July’s UFC 189, but Aldo was shockingly forced out of the bout due to a rib injury. The “Notorious” one went on to fight Chad Mendes in a short notice bout, scoring a second-round TKO victory over “Money” to become the interim champ, making the bout with Aldo that much larger.
However, the injury layoff, and the talk of McGregor hasn’t hurt the confidence of team Aldo, as the champion’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, recently said that the Irishmen’s talk won’t matter on fight night:
“Aldo has a great attitude. During the fight, what (McGregor) said will make no difference. He will hit McGregor anywhere he can – and with a lot of desire,” Pederneiras told UFC.com’s.
“Scarface” definitely seems to have been slightly affected by the brash, and relentless talk of McGregor, but Pederneiras remains confident that his star pupil will walk away from UFC 194 with featherweight gold still strapped around his waist:
“The only fighter who I remember provoking Aldo was Manvel Gamburyan, who spent the fight week trying to intimidate him (in the WEC in 2010),” Pederneiras recalled. “Aldo will get in the Octagon, show everything that we trained and leave as a winner.”
At the end of the day, Nova Uniao’s head coach isn’t too concerned with the “Notorious” one, but he did promise that a beating will be dished out by Aldo come fight night:
“What happens to McGregor matters very little,” Pederneiras said. “If he was expecting a Cinderella dream when he had the belt, maybe he noticed this is the real world, and a beating will happen on the day the fights happens. That’s it.”
Who will prove themselves as the best featherweight on the planet at UFC 194?