UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has accused Conor McGregor, Irish mixed martial artist who competes in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, of taking performance enhancing drugs.
Aldo, the Brazilian mixed martial artist, is seen by many as a reserved fighter but his comment are seen by many as retaliation to the usual pre-fight trash talk of McGregor.
Recently, Conor McGregor suggested most Brazilian fighters are guilty of taking illegal substances. Previously, McGregor appeared to take a dig at Brazilian fighters, including Anderson Silva and Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, who failed drug tests. McGregor also remarked the sport is being cleaned and added the athletes who are dedicated to martial arts and dedicated to health and fitness and purity, they are the athletes who are being rewarded now and he is happy to be part of the new age.
Aldo retorted the claim of McGregor by insisting on improved drug testing before his July 11 Las Vegas battle at UFC 189. Aldo remarked Conor is the one who is taking illegal performance enhancing drugs and added there is no surprise why he fights in this weight class. Aldo, the first and also the current UFC Featherweight Champion during the UFC/WEC merger, said he is going to ask for doping tests to be administered on McGregor every single week, and he is here to be tested to prove that he is clean.
Aldo went on to remark that he doesn't care if his opponents are doping. The Brazilian mixed martial artist remarked if an athlete uses something or not, he doesn't see any problem and added that he is not going to crucify the guy if he is or is not doped as it changes nothing to him as the same punch that hits a clean face hits a doped one.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is planning on random testing for its entire roster of nearly 600 fighters out of competition multiple times per year. The UFC will also urge athletic commissions to raise the length of suspensions for those caught to up to four years.
Jose Aldo is ranked the #1 Featherweight in the world by Sherdog and has won the majority of his contests by knock out/technical knockout. He is #2 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings as of January 20, 2015. Known by the nickname "Junior", Aldo received the first ever UFC featherweight title belt and became the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion. Aldo has the distinction of having the most successful title defenses in UFC Featherweight history (Seven) and the most consecutive title defenses in UFC Featherweight history (Seven). He was voted by Sherdog as the 2009 Fighter of the Year and received the 2010 Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year at the World MMA Awards. In his rematch with Chad Mendes on October 25, 2014 at UFC 179, Aldo scored two knockdowns of his own and the win also earned him his third Fight of the Night bonus award.
Conor McGregor, the former Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight champion, began his professional MMA in 2008. Prior to competing in professional MMA, Conor also trained in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Capoeira, and Kickboxing.