Unlike some of his UFC colleagues, Anderson Silva evidently thinks Conor McGregor is pretty cool, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be cheering for the rising featherweight when he faces Jose Aldo. Far from it.
Of course, not only are Silva and Aldo countrymen, but the Brazilian stars are also friends. Since McGregor has joined the UFC, he’s angered plenty of fans and fighters with his brash rhetoric, which has included bold statements about his ability to defeat the reigning champ Aldo. That said, McGregor has also become one of the promotion’s most popular fighters, due to his abilities in the Octagon and on the mic.
“Jose Aldo already said what we needed to hear,” Silva said. “We have the king, the prince and the joker. Enough said. I think (McGregor) is a cool guy, but Jose Aldo is way cooler than him. I’m Jose Aldo’s brother, I’m with Jose Aldo until I die. Beat him up a lot, Jose Aldo. Please, beat him up a lot.”
McGregor secured a title fight with Aldo at UFC Fight Night 59 recently, by picking apart and then putting away Dennis Siver. McGregor and his striking game have drawn considerable praise in recent months, but Silva still believes that “Notorious” is no match for Aldo.
“You can’t compare,” said Silva. “He doesn’t have a chance against Jose Aldo. How would he do this? Have you seen Aldo’s last fight? Do you think this kid will handle what that other kid (Mendes) handled against Aldo? Never..”
That’s an interesting point. Many people are wondering how McGregor would do against a top tier wrestler like Mendes, but the Irish fighter’s path to a title shot didn’t include such a match-up. Aldo, on the other hand, has defeated the likes of Mendes, Frankie Edgar and Ricardo Lamas. But, chances are, McGregor isn’t going to be looking to take Aldo down. Will Aldo be able to shut down McGregor’s diverse striking game and counter? Many believe the answer is yes.
The UFC has yet to announced when Aldo-McGregor will take place, but when it does, it will almost certainly be one of the year’s biggest scraps yet.
Aldo worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Mendes in October. The bout marked the second time Aldo has defeated the American, as in 2012, he KO’d Mendes in the opening round.