Conor McGregor has discovered some unlikely backing as his highway again to from a damaged leg begins.
The Irishman suffered a damaged tibia and fibula on the finish of the primary spherical of his struggle with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
Jose Aldo, McGregor’s first actual rival in UFC and the person he took the UFC featherweight title from, is backing The Infamous to make a full restoration and struggle as soon as extra.
“Initially, I’m upset with the damage,” Aldo instructed Ag. Struggle. “It’s fairly arduous, we work with our physique, we attempt to hold it wholesome as a result of that method we will all the time be working.
“I feel he can [get back to fighting at a high level]. I by no means doubt the champions, the thoughts and willpower of the champions. He has dominated earlier than and was the light-weight and featherweight champion. It’s all as much as him. If he needs to return again at a excessive degree, he can do it.”
McGregor says he’ll struggle once more and is concentrating on a return subsequent 12 months in opposition to Dustin Poirier. UFC president Dana White has tentatively prompt that July 2022 may very well be on the playing cards.
His rivalry with Aldo again in 2015 is what catapulted McGregor to the forefront. The Infamous was wildly entertaining and he seeked to get below Aldo’s pores and skin and it was clear as their promotional tour went on that McGregor had gotten into his head.
Even higher for McGregor and his mystique, he would knock Aldo out in simply 13 seconds after they met for the undisputed featherweight title. That’s nonetheless the quickest knockout ever in a UFC title struggle.
Aldo thought McGregor was doing properly earlier than his leg break – opposite to a few 10-8s from the judges – and he believes if McGregor places his thoughts to it, he can’t solely return however get again on prime.
“The struggle was going properly particularly as a result of Conor forgot [his promotional] aspect and tried to be the fighter and win till that leg state of affairs occurred,” Aldo mentioned. “However, man, I feel it’s as much as him [to return]. If he needs to return again once more, he’ll work arduous, abdicate from sure issues to get there, dedicate himself and return to the profitable path.”
McGregor has teased that he’ll field in a wheelchair in opposition to impressionist Al Foran for charity, though it might not be till the tip of this 12 months or the start of 2022.
Aldo is again in motion this weekend. The Brazilian takes on Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265, however he’s solely received thrice in his 9 fights since dealing with McGregor having beforehand been undefeated in 10 years.