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Morning Report: Jose Aldo apathetic towards PED use, says Conor McGregor fight proves 'rankings never meant s**t'

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Much like his countryman Lyoto Machida, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo doesn't seem to have much of an issue fighting PED users.

Speaking with Combate, Aldo explains that while he recognizes the downside of performance enhancing drugs in fighting, he can certainly see where exceptions could be made.

"From a sportive standpoint, we try to look it with good eyes," said Aldo. "I don't see any problems. If you have problems, you need to take more things because the doctor prescribed, that's fine. Nobody stays young forever. However, if you try to take advantage with that, then I think it's unfair with those who fight clean.

"But if you test in every sport, only a few would test clean, 100 percent healthy, that only train and eat rice and beans. That doesn't exist. If you go see the Olympics, several athletes said they were using something and there was no campaign (to stop it) until they retire."

Aldo doesn't believe he's fought a PED user in his career, but he says he wouldn't hold it against them, either.

"It's bad for the sport in one side, and I don't see problems with that on the other side," Aldo said of PEDs. "I never doubted anyone who fought me, I only think about me, in my training and doing my best in there. If the fighter is on something or not, I don't see any problems.

"I won't crucify the guy because he's juiced or not. It doesn't change anything for me. What interferes for me is my training, my team, doing my best and winning the fight. the same punch I threw on the clean fighter, I drew on the juiced fighter."

Set to face No. 1 contender Conor McGregor July 11 at UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aldo says he's starting to embrace being more vocal.

"I starting to like this," Aldo said of stepping up the talk. "We have to talk a little trash to sell fights, talk more, because we know we will profit more from that. It's important. It's great for me, for [McGregor] and the UFC that this fight happens because of the money.

"Everybody wins. But if you talk about rankings, I don't think he deserves because they create the rankings for that. But those rankings never meant s**t anyway, nobody f***ing follows it, so that's great for me because of the money."

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