Chris Weidman, don't tell me they got to you, too?
You'd think maybe UFC champs would stick together, but it sounds like the Conor McGregor Kool-Aid has reached Long Island.
Speaking with FOX Sports, the UFC middleweight champion is not only picking No. 1 featherweight contender Conor McGregor to beat Jose Aldo at UFC 189, he's picking the Irishman to stop the champ early.
"I love Aldo," said Weidman. "I'm a big fan of Aldo but I think McGregor's winning the fight. I think [McGregor] finishes him, TKO. End of the second round.
"It's crazy. Trust me, I know the world's going to end if he wins the fight. Everybody wants to see [McGregor] lose, besides the UFC. I think he's just so big for the weight. Very athletic, big and confident. I think those are his biggest attributes."
Weidman admits he was impressed with Aldo's title defense to a game Chad Mendes in October, but isn't happy with some of the champ's recent headlines.
"Doesn't seem like a lot's going on with Aldo," said Weidman. "I don't know. This drug test thing. His coach [Andre Pederneiras] is talking about retirement. Maybe [Aldo's] head isn't 100 percent into the game.
"It's fine because Aldo's coming off one of the most impressive wins, I thought, of his career against Chad Mendes. I feel like he showed a lot in that fight, but for some reason I still think he loses this fight."
Aldo defends his title to McGregor July 11 in the main event at UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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That moment you get on twitter for the first time all day and the "While you were away" tweets kick you in the stomach. Yeah that's great— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 18, 2015
Fuck it— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 18, 2015
Oh well you guys. I live a great life. We'll see what happens next. I can't wait to find out. #LetsGo— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 18, 2015
Yikes. https://t.co/WgyKTzsTcr— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 18, 2015
Hey @ChrisWeidmanUFC happy bday champ. Send me your email so I can iTunes gift you some gems for COC.— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) June 17, 2015
Birthday late night dip https://t.co/4Lhx5TtIUX— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) June 18, 2015
Then the best Mom ever getting me wrapped in the towel when I hit that cold air. https://t.co/5zMo2c29yX— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) June 18, 2015
Gonna be tough.
Now I need bring UFC belt to Chicago !!!!! pic.twitter.com/T9aCbX3OJV— Andrei Arlovski (@AndreiArlovski) June 17, 2015
Conditioning was a huge factor in Mexico City. I outlasted my opponent with the right training and the right nutrition. @NubreedNTN— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 17, 2015
No can defend.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Split4u.
I am not the PC type of guy or the type that gets offended by everything, but I think people should at least back up the statement by facts. Are Brazilians really more likely to finds excuses for their losses?
Basically now just being a Brazilian is an argument for anything wrong (I am not Brazilian). The Aldo and now Machida situation highlight that.
Is the Aldo situation shady? A bit, but people's basic argument before anything was revealed was that Aldo was Brazilian and tested in Brazil. Out of the blue, Aldo is now a potential PED user.
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