Surprise! Aldo & McGregor Hurl PED Accusations At One Another

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With the UFC 189 World Tour featuring Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor heating up to a near boiling point, the accusations are seemingly starting to fly from both fighters.

It’s no surprise that both the champ and challenger are hurling relentless insults at each other, so during a recent stop in Los Angeles, McGregor gave his take on the Brazilian culture and their sordid history with performance-enhancing drug (PED) use in fighting (quotes via MMAJunkie):

“It seems to me like maybe it’s Brazilian culture – the women are on it, the men are on it; I don’t know what to think,” McGregor said. “I don’t have to think. (The fight) is in Vegas. We’re in a new age. The sport is being cleaned.”

A huge featherweight himself, McGregor voiced his firm support on the UFC’s new drug testing policy, which will be fully implemented in Las Vegas this July during International Fight Week. “Notorious” is glad to see the sport headed towards a cleaner era:

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“It’s brilliant, it’s great for the sport. When all the things came out with Anderson Silva being on the juice, and the other people that got caught, it was not a good time, or a good thing for the sport. Then, when they had the press conference, I called Lorenzo and told him, ‘this should be a celebration. We are changing the game, we are turning the tide.’ Now we are dedicated to the fight against this, purity of martial arts and pure combat. It’s a new age and it should be celebrated. So, I am happy to be a part of that new age.”

Most fighters have echoed McGregor’s tune in terms of supporting the new testing policy (at least publicly), but Aldo isn’t buying what the Irish trash-talker is selling. The champ believes that former lightweight McGregor, who is reportedly walking around 170 pounds during the media tour, couldn’t make featherweight without cheating, and hides behind the lax athletic regulations (or lack thereof) in his native Ireland (via Tatame):

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“I know he has always been juiced. I want him to be tested every week. Nobody makes weight like McGregor without doping. I want those tests so that can be detected as soon as possible. They don’t have an athletic commission in Ireland. They have no rules.”

With the gloves off, July 11 can’t come soon enough for fight fans everywhere. Hopefully both fighters can pass their drug tests, because there’s bound to be a lot of them.