Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor are pretty close right now, if you can believe it.
Following the announcement of his upcoming UFC Hall of Fame induction, the legendary former featherweight champion spoke to the media backstage at UFC 283 at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena on Saturday and shared the news of his relationship with McGregor. , a former blood rival.
Aldo was asked if he regrets never getting a rematch with McGregor after being knocked out in 13 seconds by The Infamous at UFC 194, to which he replied that the moment for such a fight had long since passed.
“It may have been an amazing event before, but not today,” Aldo said through a Portuguese translator. “People, wherever I go now – I have a lot of respect for him. We are friends. We even follow each other on Instagram, we exchange dialogue there, and sometimes fans come up to me and say: “Do you want to beat McGregor or something like that?”
“I say: “How can I do this? This is the guy who gave me the most money.
“Now I have nothing but respect and kind of friendship, [I wouldn’t think of a rematch] Those days.”
Aldo, 36, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition last August and is currently scheduled to compete in boxing on Feb. 10 against an opponent yet to be determined. When he enters the ring for the event, he will have another thing in common with McGregor, who fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a major crossover fight in 2017.
He could ask McGregor for advice on how to move from MMA to boxing, given their friendly relationship.
“It’s usually good stuff,” Aldo said when asked what he and McGregor are talking about. “He just recovered from a serious injury, so we just trade things like that. He has a huge impact on the sport. We usually talk about good things.”
Aldo bounced back from McGregor’s defeat by defeating Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title (later upgraded to undisputed status) at UFC 200, and he laughed when asked about rumors that McGregor congratulated him by leaving a pair of red panties on his door .
He then confirmed that the gesture had indeed taken place, which Aldo took as a sign of respect from McGregor, who coined the catchphrase “a night in red panties” to refer to a fight for big money.
“It was just kind, light-hearted fun,” Aldo said. “We were at Red Rock, owned by Lorenzo. [Fertitta] in Vegas and we were window to window and one night I beat up Frankie Edgar so he just posted it as a lighthearted joke. I didn’t do anything about it. But maybe. I might even get my wife to wear it or something.