Before their final UFC featherweight title match, Conor McGregor may have harassed Jose Aldo for years, but “Notorious” is still one of Aldo’s biggest supporters.
One of the longest-running feuds in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) is between McGregor and Aldo. The two featherweights were on a collision course that culminated at UFC 194 back in 2015. This was largely due to McGregor’s trash talking and personal attacks on Aldo. Infamously, McGregor knocked out Aldo in just 13 seconds to win the undisputed UFC featherweight championship.
Despite the fact that many fans had wished for a rematch between the two competitors, it never transpired. Aldo battled at featherweight for a few more years before moving down to bantamweight and making another attempt at UFC gold, while McGregor left the 145-pound class behind to pursue additional UFC titles and a major boxing superfight.
One of the greatest featherweights of all time, Aldo, announced his retirement from the UFC back in September 2022. Since then, the seasoned fighter has been engaged in boxing competition; nonetheless, his MMA career seems to be over.
“Why did he retire? Was he not scheduled to fight again? I thought he was making roads towards that 135-pound title,” said McGregor during a recent interview with UFC’s Megan Olivi. “And then he went to boxing and all. I don’t know, whatever the reason is, all the respect to him. A real fighter, multiple divisions, world title winner, and contender and been around so long. All power to him, I wish him all the best.”
The biggest celebrity the sport has ever seen is McGregor, who is planning his own comeback to the UFC after a two-year absence, and his rivalry with Aldo is a major factor in that. Fortunately, McGregor was able to profit from his encounter with Aldo in 2015; nonetheless, the Irishman has no ill will toward him going ahead.