Since Conor McGregor brought Jose Aldo’s reign to a crashing halt in just 13 seconds, there’s been a lot of speculation that nerves might have played a role in his demise. According to a new report featuring his coach, however, that isn’t the case at all…
Aldo came charging out at UFC 194, and has he threw a left hook, McGregor bombed him out with one of his own. Due to all the hype surrounding the fight, the build-up and how Aldo even appeared moments before it started, people have wondered if all of it got to the star.
“I wouldn’t say anxious. Maybe overconfident, because he was really well,” Pederneiras said. “He was so confident in the victory he (thought) ‘I’ll throw (my hand) and will catch him’. It’s a split-second decision. Or you attack, or you get out. He decided to attack, and the other guy threw a counter to defend. He attacked, but moving in a way to stop (Aldo’s) attack.”
It’s interesting to hear “Dede” say this. Since Aldo hadn’t lost in 10 years and has defeated the best of the best during that time, it’s not shocking to hear he was certain he’d derail the McGregor hype train. It’s somewhat surprising, however, to hear Pederneiras relay this publicly. Of course, perhaps Pederneiras is just continuing on with some mental warfare.
The latter went on to add that Aldo’s hoping to fight in April, and that they still believe an immediate rematch should come next. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen though does it?