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01st Apr 2019

Jose Aldo sends message to Conor McGregor after UFC retirement announcement

Aldo has always been a class act

Darragh Murphy

After everything that happened between them, Jose Aldo deserves plenty of praise for his classy retirement message to Conor McGregor

It’s widely accepted that McGregor’s trash talk played a significant role in the most famous knockout of his career, as he got into Aldo’s head to the point that the Brazilian came out overly aggressive in the main event of UFC 194.

Aldo’s reign as featherweight king came to an end just 13 seconds into his grudge match with ‘The Notorious’, although McGregor wants the official time of the stoppage changed.

McGregor has been quite active on social media since he unexpectedly announced his intent to hang up his gloves in a tweet last week.

While some are sceptical about McGregor’s retirement, Aldo has taken the time to congratulate his former rival on his accomplishments in the Octagon.

“What he did for the sport and what he won. If I fight Floyd Mayweather and make 80 million dollars, the UFC would never see me again too,” Aldo told Portal do Vale Tudo (as transcribed MMAMania). “Do you really think I would train multiple martial arts three times a day?

“He had a brilliant career, he was a great fighter and if he really is retiring, I congratulate him for all he did in the sport.”

Aldo is currently scheduled to fight Alex Volkanovski in the UFC 237 co-main event, although he has admitted that a knee infection means he is still unsure if he will be able to compete in Rio de Janeiro next month.