Conor McGregor recently broke his tibia in a fight against Dustin Poirier in their trilogy bout at UFC 264 and an unlikely foe has come to his defense. Former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, voiced his support for McGregor during his recovery.
McGregor became the featherweight champion after famously knocking out Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194. The two were bitter rivals partaking in polarizing press conferences that required security to keep them apart.
Aldo said the following to Ag. Fight via MMA Fighting, “I think he can [get back to fighting at a high level]. I never doubt the champions, the mind and willpower of the champions. He has dominating before and was the lightweight and featherweight champion. It’s all up to him. If he wants to come back at a high level, he can do it.”
Aldo also gave his thoughts on how McGregor was doing against Poirier before he devastatingly broke his leg.
“The fight was going well especially because Conor forgot [his promotional] side and tried to be the fighter and win until that leg situation happened…But, man, I think it’s up to him [to return]. If he wants to come back again, he will work hard, abdicate from certain things to get there, dedicate himself and go back to the winning path,” Aldo said.
UFC President, Dana White, has already confirmed a fourth bout between Poirier and McGregor whenever McGregor fully heals. Aldo is fighting Pedro Munhoz in a bantamweight bout at UFC 265 on Saturday, August 7th.