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José Aldo Describes His 'Friendly Relationship' With Conor McGregor

José Aldo Describes His 'Friendly Relationship' With Conor McGregor
By John Balfe Updated

And there was us thinking that this was one of the more vitriolic rivalries in the UFC.

José Aldo appears to have changed tack in his pursuit of a second bout with Conor McGregor. Aldo, who has spent much of this year making fun of McGregor on social media, appears to have very much softened his stance when it comes to the Irishman.

Many analysts had noted how strange it was for Aldo to attempt to mock McGregor, the man who took just 13 seconds to beat him last December - particularly when it seems that the verbal element of fight promotion doesn't seem to come too naturally to the Brazilian.

That's why Aldo's recent interview with Brazilian show Revista Combate was so revealing because, for what seems like the first time, we have now heard what Aldo's true thoughts on McGregor are.

And we must admit, they're nothing like what we had imagined.

It's a friendly relationship. I don't have a problem with him trying to promote himself. If we take a look at it money-wise, it was pretty good. I think there should be more fighters like him at featherweight. I'm not his friend, though. He can go his way and I can go mine.

The former featherweight king went on to say that McGregor is "mellow" when the cameras aren't pointed in his direciton.

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I've seen him staring at a wall, looking at nothing with everyone around him trying to taunt him and he would just stand there, gazing. He's a regular, mellow guy, but if he sees a camera or some Irish people, he transforms in a such way that makes you say to yourself 'son of a bitch'.

Aldo also revealed some details of the world tour that he and McGregor did prior to their fight. While the glimpses we saw (such as the belt-stealing incident in Dublin, for example) seemed to be incredibly tense, the reality of the situation was a little different.

One day we were hanging out and he said he was going to get the coffee and I said I wanted mine with sugar and he said something like 'nice'. Most of the times we met, there was always someone recording us, though, so he had to keep his persona up. With no cameras, he changes completely.

[Bloody Elbow]


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