Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo, UFC 194
December 13, 2015 4:00 CET
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
It’s the fight UFC fans have been anticipating for a long time, featherweight champion Jose Aldo “Scarface” and interim champion Conor McGregor “The Notorious” finally face off in the Octagon, after the fight at UFC 189 in July was canceled due to Aldo’s rib injury. Because of that McGregor faced off Chad Mendes for the interim title and won.
Both fighters had a war of words, which is lasting for months, only to increase the hype for this fight. McGregor has a lot to say outside of the octagon, but he will able to deliver?
The fight will unfold in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, if you wish to grab tickets, they will set you back at around $850, whereas if you wish to be closer to the action, the price rises up to $2,350.
McGregor entered the UFC scene in 2013 and is currently 6-0. On the other side, Aldo has not been beaten in 10 years and has defended his title 7 times. He has some impressive wins over Frankie Edgar, Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes (twice), Ricardo Lamas, and Kenny Florian, but this fight will be Aldo’s biggest to date. The question remains, can McGregor end his 10-year long streak?
Jose Aldo is a great fighter with a great jab and straight right hand and is considered one of the best body punchers in MMA, but he also has his weaknesses. Aldo weakness is his footwork, even though this has not been an issue for him to date, it might be a problem when fighting a pressure fighter such as McGregor. We also should not forget Aldo’s ground game which McGregor should watch for. One of the best aspects of Aldo’s ground game is his takedown defence, even though his opponent takes him down, Aldo is on his feet in a heartbeat.
On the other side Conor McGregor is one of the fastest rising fighters in UFC, and his personality gained him a lot of fans, and critics. He has an impressive fighting career, being 6-0 in UFC, beating number two ranked featherweight Mendes. The 26-year-old is a powerful striker with great technique and accuracy, we also can not underestimate his strong cardio. He uses his fast movement to force his opponents to the direction he desires. The downside is his poor defence against punches, which he could easily avoided, that might be a problem against powerful Aldo’s strikes. McGregor his lack of defence with a very powerful chin. McGregor ground game is questionable, that was shown in a fight against Mendes, where McGregor was dominated for 2 rounds due to Chad’s good takedown game, but with McGregor’s motivation and dedication he is improving in the areas he’s not “the best”, and we can surely say he has improved in that aspect also.
The fight is hard to predict, on one side we have a quiet, humble, one of the most skilled fighters in UFC history, a champion, who proved he is able to defend his title 7 times, and on the other side we have an outspoken and brash fast-rising “star” in UFC with huge motivation to improve and momentum from his 6-0 record.
I think even though Aldo hasn’t been beaten in 10 years McGregor will give him a run for his money, having the best shot of anyone to beat Aldo. Aldo will have to watch out for McGregor’s strong pouches, and powerful chin whereas Aldo will utilize his kicks, experience in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and strong ground game.
All in all, I think Jose Aldo is a slight favourite in this matchup for me.