Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor Booked For UFC 189
Conor McGregor’s dream of fighting in football stadiums isn’t happening anytime soon. But his vision of fighting Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title is now a done deal.
The UFC announced last Friday that featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr. will defend his belt against the brash Irishman Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was originally penned for May but it was moved to July to coincide with the UFC’s International Fight Week celebration. The IFW 2015 will be held from July 7-12 in the fight capital of the world. The week-long activity features the UFC Fan Expo, Ulti-Man 5K, UFC Gym Fitness Challenge, pool parties, free concerts and many more events especially created of UFC fans all over the world. But the highlight of the event should be the main event of UFC 189 on July 11th when Aldo defends his title against McGregor in what is expected to be the highest selling featherweight bout of All-time.
The Resident Champion
Aldo is the only featherweight champion in UFC history after being promoted to that title following the merger of the WEC and the UFC. He was the fourth and final featherweight ruler of the WEC, making two defenses before moving to the UFC in 2010. Aldo has made seven consecutive title defenses in the UFC, beating Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chand Mendes (twice), Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas in succession. Aldo is undefeated since 2005 and has won 18 consecutive fights. He is listed as #2 the UFC’s Pound for Pound Rankings as of Feb 2nd, 2015. During his most recent fight, Aldo overcame a first round knockdown and third round pounding during his second fight with Chad Mendes at UFC 179. Aldo won via scores of 49-46 across all scorecards but it was undoubtedly the toughest of his career.
On the other hand, Mcgregor is fresh off a two round annihilation of Denis Siver at UFC fight Night 59 in Boston last January 18th. McGregor is 17-2 in his MMA career with 15 knockouts. McGregor has taken the UFC by storm, winning five consecutive bouts including four knockouts. He’s also earned four post-fight bonuses in five UFC bouts. Aside from his dominating Octagon performances, McGregor’s meteoric rise to fame was ably aided by his gift of glib and charisma. He is currently ranked #2 in the UFC’s featherweight division and is coming off three successive KOs of Diego Barandao, Dustin Poirier and Denis Siver. After defeating Siver last month, McGregor leaped out of the Octagon and charged at Aldo who was on hand to watch the bout. But despite McGregor’s taunts, Aldo remained cool and collected and did not bother to react to McGregor whom he later called as a “jester” or “joker”.
The Early Favorite
When the betting lines opened after the fight was announced, Aldo (as expected) opened as the favorite, but not by much at 9/5 or +180. Surprisingly, McGregor was not far behind at 3/2 or +150 despite the lack of experience and quality of opposition. The thing about Aldo is how he’s dominated his division with ease since coming over from the WEC. He’s been virtually unbeatable except for that rematch with Mendes when he showed some kryptonite. But despite that, he was still able to beat Mendes decisively in the scorecards. McGregor has gone the distance just once in his career and has gone past round one just five times. Although inexperience may be against him, he’s shown time and again that he can back his talk and rise to the occasion. Many experts are calling this the highest selling fight in recent years and the same can be said about the betting money that is expected to pour in as the fights continues to near.
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