Conor McGregor showed respect for for former rival Jose Aldo. This after the Brazilian has strung together back-to-back wins at bantamweight.
The story is this – Jose Aldo was on an insane 18 fight winning streak before meeting the Irishman in December of 2015.
McGregor essentially bullied Aldo throughout the entire press conference tour, putting his hands on the champ, stealing the belt and hurling insults. It would take ‘Notorious’ only a few seconds to defeat the arguable greatest featherweight of all time, and secure champion status for himself.
And now, a half decade later, Conor McGregor is the unlikely source of a plethora of Jose Aldo love and appreciation. The former “champ – champ” stated the following:
“What a warrior that man is. It was an honour to share the Octagon with him. I would’ve loved to have at it again. He deserved more, I thought.” – McGregor said of Aldo’s resurgence.
This view is shared by many fans who also deserve the chance to reclaim the gold in an immediate rematch. However, the factors were not in favor of Aldo. Between an injury exit, a quick and easy-looking knockout, and McGregor’s thirst for 155, Aldo lost his chance of redemption.
As we are close to completion in 2021, this is Conor McGregor, who has broken the record 3-4 times since his fight with Jose Aldo. The Brazilian has held a 5-4 record since 2015.
McGregor is looking to return to the Octagon once he has fully recovered from his injury, and no one knows if Aldo and McGregor can meet again at 155, doubtful (Aldo is currently a heavyweight) but not entirely ruled out.