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Morning Report: Chris Weidman predicts Conor McGregor stops Jose Aldo in second round at UFC 189

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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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Ken Shamrock's open workout.

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TWEETS

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Tough day?

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Nice.

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Gonna be tough.

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Holy crap.

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FYI.

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Beef.

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No can defend.


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Imagine.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Split4u.

Are Brazilians really more likely to find excuses for their losses?

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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