And it didn't just look like it. That's precisely what Aldo was doing.
"Yeah, I was playing with him -- exactly," Aldo told Ariel Helwani on the FOX Sports 1 weigh-in show. "Today is just the weigh-ins, not the fight."
Aldo crouched down into a wide stance, very much like McGregor did Wednesday in their first staredown of fight week. Aldo was egging McGregor on and White had to separate them. McGregor feinted a bit like he was going to throw a kick.
Aldo looked loose, fresh and playful during weigh-ins. McGregor, on the other hand, seemed to be feeling the weight cut a bit -- either that or he was still in the Zen-like state he alluded to during the press conference Wednesday.
That didn't stop the brash Irishman to get in a dig in an interview with Joe Rogan right afterward.
"I'm sick of talking about Jose," McGregor said. "I've visualized and I look at his face, his features, and I know the soft parts of his face won't be able to take my shots."
The two will meet in the main event of UFC 194 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Aldo is the UFC featherweight champion and McGregor holds the interim belt. Aldo has not lost in 10 years and is the only featherweight titleholder the UFC has ever seen. Yet, somehow, Aldo is a slight underdog against the knockout artist with a brogue. (Note: Since press time, Aldo has become a slight favorite.)
"I just laugh," Aldo said. "I really don't know who's making those odds, but if you match up our records you'll see who's the king. I just sit home and laugh."
McGregor has been the one doing the talking, from last year to the World Tour back in the spring to when Aldo had to pull out of their July fight with a rib injury. All that talking is over now and Aldo knows what he's best at comes Saturday night.
"I think he doesn't know what he's getting himself into, but I know what I gotta do and I gotta go in there and win the fight," Aldo said.