Last week we found out that Jose Aldo had hired Brazilian fighter Jonas Bilharinho to imitate Conor McGregor's unique fighting style in order to help Aldo become accustomed to standing across from such an unorthodox fighter, but it seems that Bilharinho has been offering his services in another area as well.
Bilharinho explained that he was already studying Conor McGregor for his own benefit, as he plans to move up to 145 and thus had been studying all of the best UFC fighters at that weight, and he noticed that McGregor talks trash to opponents while he is in the ring. Being the helpful training partner that he is, he decided to try this out on Aldo:
(I talked trash) a lot. A lot. Never ever ever did anyone try to talk to Aldo during fights, and I am 100% sure that Conor will. He's going to try to make Aldo's good strikes look foolish. So every single leg kick that Aldo gets (on me), every punch, every good strike, I tell Aldo, 'No Aldo, you've got nothing. What do you got for me, Aldo?
And how did Jose Aldo Junior react to this unusual method of sparring? By losing his mind, apparently:
I was talking to Aldo during training and he lost his mind! He lost his mind, and I said to him 'man, you've got to focus, you've got to concentrate'. But his evolution is absurd. Every single training, he's a monster. Now he doesn't lose focus at all when I'm cursing at him. Now I can curse his mother, and he will do nothing. He will keep calm and stick with the strategy. He's a beast.
So now that Aldo is used to facing trash talk, has he nullified one of McGregor's best weapons for unsettling his opponent?
We don't think so, because we seriously doubt that Bilharinho can pull off a passable Crumlin accent. If anything, the UFC World Tour press conference in the Dublin Convention Centre would have been better preparation.
Still, it is very interesting that Aldo is going into such detail in his preparation for The Notorious Conor McGregor.
We just can't wait for this fight.