Prior to last year and Nate Diaz’s short-notice submission victory over him, Conor McGregor’s chief rival in MMA has been Jose Aldo. He and Aldo engaged in almost a year of promotional build-up before finally fighting each other at UFC 194, where McGregor won the UFC featherweight title in the first round.
Well it’s safe to say there is still enmity there.
Speaking recently with FightHype, Aldo addressed McGregor’s dispute with erstwhile training partner, Paulie Malignaggi, calling the UFC lightweight champion “bad for the sport.”
“McGregor has no respect for the sport, for the person. That’s it. He’s not good for the sport.”
Malignaggi was brought in to spar with McGregor in preparation for his upcoming boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather but left last week due to a dispute about some images released that appear to show McGregor getting the better of the former world champion. Malignaggi says the photos released show McGregor pushing him down and claims that he dominated McGregor.
Aldo says he believes Malignaggi and concurs with some previous statements by the boxer that Conor has good power but that he isn’t the hardest hitter ever.
“It was a push. Yes, I believe [Malignaggi].
“McGregor has a good punch but he cannot say that he’s the biggest puncher. MMA gloves are tiny - four ounces - so when they connect, they drop you.”
Aldo is likely the most infamous victim of those four-ounce gloves, having been knocked out in 13 seconds. For a while, avenging that devastating loss was the biggest priority for Aldo but now with the #MayMac fight happening, the former long-time featherweight kingpin says that will never happen as McGregor will retire after this bout.
“With the money he will get from this fight, he will never fight again. Not MMA, not boxing, nothing.”
Beef. Former McGregor training partner Paulie Malignaggi says McGregor “whimpers like a girl” when hit to the body.
TUF 26. The TUF 26 cast was announced including many Invicta fighters.
LFA 18 highlights.
Damn, Snoop. That’s cold.
Dillashaw spoke about a ton of things at the Loma fight, including DJ being scared and McGregor-Paulie split.
Teddy Atlas on the Conor-Paulie split.
Randy on Brock-Jones.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Fight Night: Mexico City.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Paulie GOING IN on McGregor. (while reminding everyone the date of the fight repeatedly)
Yea but this coming week I'll actually start to discuss a bit what happened Tuesday, he whimpers like a girl when he gets ripped to body lol https://t.co/lfcuILlubJ— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 6, 2017
Truthfully I was tryin hard 2 not make him look bad but if u listen 2 me b4, the praise is hollow, there wasn't much substance 2 that praise https://t.co/X88XmfIi19— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 6, 2017
Thats me trying to do the ethical thing and play him up while I'm there, common sense will help u in life, please try n find some. https://t.co/EGddL72ENv— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 6, 2017
Ur missing the point though, the war shouldn't be with me, manipulating n mind games with me do nothing for him 8/26 so I can't agree with u https://t.co/txDuEmctod— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 7, 2017
Yep, No shame in losing to a great fighter like Nate but have some balls at least and go out on your shield, he tried til he got tired lol https://t.co/OqUCpyGYg5— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 7, 2017
I also don't have a hockey helmet for a headgear genius ;-) https://t.co/kNEU5rFhUA— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 7, 2017
Well that's why we watch 8/26 right? https://t.co/4dDKRE8ox0— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 7, 2017
Jon Jones is back.
Landing in New York City in a few hours, very excited for my Good Morning America appearance in the tomorrow— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 6, 2017
And doing some good things.
How about you DM me your mailing address and I'll send you over some stuff https://t.co/CJlvgkkK5G— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 6, 2017
Hell of a debut.
So good ESPN tweeted about it.
Vitor responding to Alvey’s call out.
@smilensam let's fight in Vegas. You are gonna make history: You Will be the 1st man to get knockdown with a smile on the face @ufc Just send me the bout agreement // @smilensam vamos lutar em Vegas. Você vai fazer história: Você será o 1o homem a ser nocauteado com um sorriso no rosto @ufc pode mandar o contrato #mma #teambelfort #belfortteam #ufc
UFC could’ve given out a lot of bonuses this weekend. Sucks to have been one of the fighters on this card who didn’t get one.
Pettis: (gives lengthy post fight speech)— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) August 6, 2017
Translator: Gracias #UFCMexico
How some other people feel about the Snoopcast.
Leben refereed his first event last night.
T.J. was at the Loma show.
Max adding new styles to his game.
I like the cut of your jib.
Well I'm bored, time to provoke the dinosaur skeptics— Mitch Clarke (@MitchClarkeMMA) August 6, 2017
When one of the most dangerous men in the world is also one of the most warm and kindest. I didn't expect to meet one of my heroes @spiderandersonsilva last night. We got to chat and geek out about MMA, acting and his healing process after breaking his leg in front of the world. I left the conversation realising that, as one of the most accomplished and exciting fighters in history, Anderson uses his position to support others, whether that's showing up for an 11pm interview, or attending charity fundraisers. Almost everyone I know here in LA is elite at whatever their craft is, but #AndersonSilva is an all around elite human being. I fanboy'd extremely hard, and I'm not afraid to admit it . It was a real pleasure and honour meeting you sir . Also @heynataa Said the thumbs up is what the cool kids in #Brazil do when taking pics #HumbleTheFanBoy #MMA
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2010: Anderson Silva completed one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history, submitting Chael Sonnen in the fifth round of the main event of UFC 117. Also on the card, Matt Hughes earned the final win of his illustrious career, submitting Ricardo Almeida with a front headlock.
And so it begins. Nothing between us and MayMac but three weeks and a couple middling Bellator cards. Stay safe out there and Conor bless.
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