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Morning Report: Jose Aldo comments on the Conor McGregor-Paulie Malignaggi split: Conor has no respect, is bad for the sport

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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.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Results. Sergio Pettis won at UFC Fight Night: Mexico City and all the results are here.

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.

Beast. Anthony Johnson thinks training partner Volkan Oezdemir would lose to Jon Jones.

Kadyrov. Chris Weidman disavows any relationship he had with controversial Russian leader Ramzan Kadyrov.


VIDEO STEW

LFA 18 highlights.

Champ camp.

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.


LISTEN UP

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Fight Night: Mexico City.

Morning Wood. Tyron Woodley talks about his fight with Demian Maia.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Paulie GOING IN on McGregor. (while reminding everyone the date of the fight repeatedly)

Jon Jones is back.

And doing some good things.

Hell of a debut.

So good ESPN tweeted about it.

Vitor responding to Alvey’s call out.

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.

Lol.

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.

Andy Silver.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Darren Till (14-0-1) vs. Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1); UFC Fight Night: Rotterdam, Sept. 2.

Felipe Silva (8-0) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (25-5); UFC Fight Night: Rotterdam, Sept. 2.


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.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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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