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Trainer: IV ban won't affect UFC 194 headliner Jose Aldo

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras wasn’t a fan of USADA’s decision to ban intravenous rehydration after weigh-ins when it was first announced back in June, but his team isn’t expecting any issues for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

"Scarface" meets interim champion Conor McGregor at Saturday’s UFC 194 in Las Vegas, and has to weigh in at 145 pounds at 6 p.m. ET. According to Aldo’s strength and conditioning trainer Orlando Folhes, he will be at his best when he steps inside the Octagon to unify belts.

"We have a strong team of doctors behind us to minimize the factor that we can’t use the IV," Folhes told MMAFighting.com. "We did tests before, did some changes. ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) has a great experience on cutting and gaining weight with and without the IV. We are calm and confident. It’s just going to be a different process."

This is the first time in years that Aldo won’t use IVs to rehydrate, and Folhes thinks the UFC is fighting the wrong fight.

"Every fighter used IV. It’s was the usual thing for everyone that cut a lot of weight to use it," he said. "The UFC has to focus on how fighters are cutting weight, in my opinion. It would be better to control their weight cut instead of how they rehydrate.

"Jeff Novitzky and USADA went to Nova Uniao and talked about a study that shows oral rehydration is better, they said they would send me, but I’m still waiting (laughs). I can’t see how oral rehydration, with the liquid having to go through your entire digestive system, is more positive than an IV rehydration. Honestly, I don’t agree with this line of thought, but I would like to read those studies to understand it better."

When he enters the cage Saturday, Aldo expects to finish McGregor to collect another UFC belt. Folhes, who trains Aldo since his first bout with Chad Mendes in 2012, guarantees the Nova Uniao star is ready to go five rounds if needed.

"I was hoping that that first fight with Chad would last five rounds so we would know if the model I created for his physical conditioning was working," he said, "and he knocked him out in the first round. In the second fight with Chad, I said ‘f-ck, finish him in the first round’. I have seen five-round fights before so I knew it worked, so I was hoping for a first-round finish, and it was a five-round war."

"He trained for five rounds," Folhes added. "He’s really prepared physically and technically. We’re really confident."