Earlier today, Octagon commentator Joe Rogan and former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub ruffled the feathers of Jose Aldo by implying that he was suffering withdrawal from steroid abuse in his first round KO loss to Conor McGregor in the main event of last Saturday’s (December 12, 2015) UFC 194 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on an episode of the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast.
And not surprisingly, Aldo’s longtime mentor, Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras was quick to fire back at ‘Junior’s’ critics, posting a photo of the former champion’s last four fights and asking his doubters to draw their own conclusions on Twitter:
Para o palhaço que acha que o Aldo tomava alguma coisa e deixou de tomar, tire suas conclusões , 4 últimas lutas ! pic.twitter.com/usC8X6GMR8
— André Pederneiras (@dedepederneiras) December 16, 2015
Pederneiras called Rogan and Schaub ‘clowns’ for suggesting Aldo was on something, calling him ‘soft’ prior to his loss and ‘deflated’ with Schaub on the podcast:
“To the clown that thinks Aldo was on something and isn’t anymore, draw your own conclusions,” Pederneiras said.
It would seem that whether or not Aldo was on steroids and forced to wean off banned substances thanks to the UFC’s new increased drug testing, is up to the eye of the beholder, and until Aldo is caught using them, it will only be speculation. However, there’s been some controversy about Aldo and tests before in the well-documented Ben Mosier fiasco heading into UFC 189 last July.
Are you on Rogan’s and Schaub’s side, or do you side with Pederneiras and his assertion that Aldo looked the same in all four fights?