Dallas Stadium on December 5th is the hope but Conor McGregor is not convinced that he'll get a chance to defeat Jose Aldo any time soon. Fresh from his victory over Chad Mendes at UFC 189, the Dubliner has been filming the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter where he will coach opposite Urijah Faber.
Speaking during promotion for the show which will begin on September 9th, McGregor was unsurprisingly asked about the impending bout against the featherweight champion and he had some interesting observations.
It's worth remembering that McGregor cast doubt on Aldo's willingness to fight him first time around. As we all know now, regardless of the reason, Aldo didn't take to the Octagon at UFC 189, and now McGregor is making similar claims for the rescheduled bout.
I believe they [UFC chiefs] are heading out to Brazil to speak with Jose. For me, he is having a breakdown. I said this before. He's looking for his exit from the game. The injury was an opportunity to delay the inevitable so he took it. Make no mistake, when UFC 189 was playing he was under his duvet praying that Chad Mendes would get the win.
Him and his whole team were praying for that victory so they would not have to face me. I ran out and butchered Chad's body in the knowledge that Jose would be looking with his sore ribs. I just see a fighter who has broke. I hope we can get him to show up, but we will see.
We could of course dismiss this as McGregor simply being McGregor but it will certainly be interesting to see if another one of 'Mystic Mac's' predictions comes true.