The biggest question in MMA today revolves around Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor.
Aldo, the reigning UFC featherweight champion, has dominated the division for years. He’s taken out the likes of Chad Mendes (twice), Ricardo Lamas, Chan Sung Jung, former champion Frankie Edgar, Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick.
But has the Brazilian known as “Scarface” ever faced off with someone like “Notorious?”
Sure, McGregor doesn’t have the resume of an Edgar or Florian, but he has a combination of what all of those former challengers have.
The attitude that the Irish fighter brings to interviews, press conferences and fights is one never before seen. He isn’t scared of Aldo; there’s no intimidation factor, as was quite evident when he jumped out of the Octagon recently and went face-to-face with him.
McGregor is the second-tallest challenger Aldo will have competed against since becoming UFC champion, as only Florian was taller. He holds a distinct reach advantage over Aldo, and also has proven to be a sound wrestler and finisher.
If McGregor is going to succeed where Edgar, Florian and others did not, he must do it with his extremely precise striking. Mendes likely has more power, but there isn’t another featherweight – outside of maybe Aldo – who has been more effective with his attacks.
Flying knees, head kicks, left jabs, right hooks. It doesn’t seem to matter to McGregor, and that’s why he presents a distinctly different challenge to Aldo.
Chris Weidman ended the run of Anderson Silva. T.J. Dillashaw the same to Renan Barao. Maybe Conor McGregor is kryptonite to Jose Aldo.