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Referee John McCarthy Revealed What McGregor Said To Aldo As They Waited For Saturday's Decision

Referee John McCarthy Revealed What McGregor Said To Aldo As They Waited For Saturday's Decision

In an episode of Embedded during the build-up for UFC 194, Jose Aldo remarked that he knew Conor McGregor's trash-talk was all about promotion of the fight; it was a necessary act that he was putting on.

And so, once the pair stood in the octagon - the Brazilian defeated, the Irishman victorious - the bravado was dropped.

Respect between the pair had become more obvious throughout the week. It was most noticeable after the face-off following Wednesday's press conference. McGregor turned to Aldo and acklowledged his opponent with a nod, the then featherweight champion did likewise. It was certainly an unexpected moment.

Minutes after the knockout, as Aldo and McGregor waited hand-in-hand with referee John McCarthy in anticipation of the official decision being announced by Bruce Buffer, the new champion spoke a few words to his defeated opponent.

On Twitter, in one of his regular Q&A sessions, John McCarthy revealed what McGregor said to Aldo.

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That Aldo had been a great champion is a sentiment which McGregor reiterated during the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, in fact referring to him as a 'phenomenal champion'.

It seems unlikely that the vanquished Aldo will receive a rematch straight away.

Either a defence for McGregor against Frankie Edgar or a lightweight title shot versus the winner of Saturday's dos Anjos and Cerrone fight are currently the most probable scenarios.

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