Conor McGregor became the UFC interim featherweight champion this past July, and this coming December at UFC 194, he’ll have the chance to become the undisputed UFC featherweight champion when he takes on Jose Aldo. But, until then, McGregor gets to carry around the interim title, which UFC color commentator Joe Rogan believes is an illegitimate, and fake, title.
On Rogan’s podcast — The Joe Rogan Experience — the UFC’s color man talked about how belts in the UFC are “bulls**t,” and that the only thing that matters is when the best fighters in the world take on the best possible opponents. He also, as previously mentioned, doesn’t think Conor McGregor should be carrying around an interim championship belt.
“Let’s be honest. McGregor has an illegitimate belt. It’s a made up belt. We call it the ‘interim’ belt but Aldo defended his title a year ago. Stripping a guy because he doesn’t — because he can’t get through a camp without getting injured is a part of MMA. It’s always been a part of MMA. But, because of the marketing, because of the hype behind it, because of the HUGE event, the enormity, the economics of the event, they decide to make [McGregor vs. Mendes] an interim fight. He’s got a title. Aldo’s got a title. They both have titles. So they’re fighting for the undisputed title.”
Jose Aldo also believes that McGregor’s interim title is illegitimate, saying before the McGregor vs. Mendes fight that the interim belt will be “a toy that McGregor can show to his drunk Irish friends.”
UFC fans know that Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo are the two best in the world at their weight, and the fight itself, even if McGregor wasn’t going into it as the interim champion, is going to be one of the biggest fights in UFC history, as McGregor has proven to be a big drawing card for the UFC.
Jose Aldo has been arguably the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world for the last several years, so it’s no surprise that he’s going into the fight as the favorite. But, Conor McGregor may be the toughest opponent he’s ever faced.
In his fight with Chad Mendes this past July, McGregor proved that he can take a punch, and come back from adversity to win in impressive fashion. So, the fight between McGregor and Aldo should be nothing short of a classic given their two skill-sets.
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