Chris Weidman Picks Conor McGregor To Knock Jose Aldo Out

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The UFC featherweight strap will go on the line at UFC 189, with the reigning champion Jose Aldo looking to settle the feud with Conor McGregor. After countless slanging matches between the two, a very eventful media tour to promote the event, and some classic confrontations, it’s safe to say that the whole MMA (mixed martial arts) world will be watching when the two rivals collide on July 11th.

Some top combat sports stars had their say on the main event at UFC 189, and the outcome was nearly a clean sweep for the Brazilian boss. One well known name in the MMA community that does’t subscribe to that opinion is UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman. ‘The All-AMerican’ doesn’t only pick McGregor to get the win, he believes ‘The Notorious’ will finish Aldo with strikes. Check out what he told FOX Sports via MMAFighting.com:

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“I love Aldo,” said Weidman. “I’m a big fan of Aldo but I think McGregor’s winning the fight. I think [McGregor] finishes him, TKO. End of the second round.

“It’s crazy. Trust me, I know the world’s going to end if he wins the fight. Everybody wants to see [McGregor] lose, besides the UFC. I think he’s just so big for the weight. Very athletic, big and confident. I think those are his biggest attributes.”

Weidman may be the most qualified to talk about huge upsets in the UFC having captured the middleweight title with a shocking 2013 knockout over the formerly untouchable Anderson Silva. The world stood still as the now legendary left hook conked ‘The Spider’, but will the same happen to ‘Scarface’ against the surging Irish sensation? Weidman continues:

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“Doesn’t seem like a lot’s going on with Aldo,” said Weidman. “I don’t know. This drug test thing. His coach [Andre Pederneiras] is talking about retirement. Maybe [Aldo’s] head isn’t 100 percent into the game.

“It’s fine because Aldo’s coming off one of the most impressive wins, I thought, of his career against Chad Mendes. I feel like he showed a lot in that fight, but for some reason I still think he loses this fight.”

McGregor says that he believes Aldo is looking for an exit from the sport, and it appears that the Serra-Longo bred champ is of the same mindset. The fiasco with Aldo and his coach calling the cops on a NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) random drug tester did little for the champion’s public image, and could it be an indicator of cracks starting to show?

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All these questions and more will be answered come the next UFC PPV (pay-per-view) extravaganza, UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Could it be the end of Aldo’s reign, and the start of McGregor’s?