UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has withstood the challenges of Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas and Kenny Florian.
Does he believe what Conor McGregor possesses makes him the one to take him down?
Aldo and McGregor, who are on a whirl-wind tour to promote their UFC 189 main event, have gone back-and-forth countless times already. The Brazilian, who is the only person to hold the UFC 145-pound title, doesn’t see much of a threat before him.
“He is not as good as he things he is,” Aldo said, during a stop in Rio de Janeiro. “His talk is what got him here. He’s just another one in the way.”
Despite his perfect Octagon mark and 10-year unbeaten streak, Aldo’s still been overshadowed when it comes to talk of the best of the best. He believes, though, his opportunity is one that will help make him a household name.
“I think this is going to be the biggest fight in UFC history, definitely in this division,” he said. “I don’t speak English, so that is a problem. I feel that Ronda (Rousey) and Jon (Jones) are big because they can communicate. If you go to Brazil, I am bigger than both of them there.”
The media tour started in Brazil and has already made stops in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. And, with several more to make, Aldo feels the excitement already.
“We are in L.A. and not even to the middle of the world tour, and I can already feel all the buzz about it,” he said. “It’s not only the most important featherweight fight, but the most important fight of all time.
“Bring it on. I’m loving this. I’m here to do my job. I’m the only champion this division will see until I decide to retire.”