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When former
Ultimate Fighting Championship
dual-division champion Conor
McGregor
was interviewed by TMZ days after Jose Aldo’s
stoppage victory over Jeremy
Stephens
, fans were surprised when the Irishman gave the
Brazilian a glowing praise and said he was “so happy” for him and
his coach Andre
Pederneiras
.

The comments didn’t surprise Pederneiras, who is very familiar with
McGregor when the Irishman and Aldo met back in 2015 at UFC 194.
The fight lasted only 13 seconds via a knockout. However many fans
believed the constant sledging during the world tour by “The
Notorious” had completely sapped the Brazilian and the fight had
already been won before it started.

Pederneiras told the media recently in his training center in Rio
de Janeiro that McGregor’s recent comments towards Aldo show who he
really is as a person and all his antics — including the bus
attack — is purely for show (via MMAfighting.com):

”That’s him being the artist, in my opinion,” Pederneiras said. “He
knows that he will have to fight Khabib, so since he has to do
that, why not start the mess now and start promoting it?”

”I think Conor created this pejorative myth around him because of
the things he says, but backstage he’s none of what he portrays
himself to be to sell,” Pederneiras said. “Every time I met him he
was super respectful, we shook hands, so it doesn’t surprise me
that he had that reaction, especially now that he doesn’t have
anything booked with Aldo. If he had something booked with Aldo he
would say he was lucky, that he’s sh*t [laughs], only to provoke.
He’s a guy that had done things I can’t see anyone else doing. He’s
unique in history, can’t say anything.”

During the same media session, Aldo fielded a number of questions
including who he’d like to face next with the former champ
referring to his coach. Without hesitation Pederneiras said a
rematch with McGregor:

”The first fight didn’t represent what the fight really could be,
and that’s unfortunate for everyone who wanted to watch it,”
Pederneiras said. “So I would choose Conor even though I have
nothing against him. I know there’s a good person behind that
artist and it doesn’t represent what he says. He says a bunch of
crap to get attention and sell.”

Many fans are expecting Nurmagomedov to beat McGregor in October
but Pederneiras said not to dismiss the Irishman as he’s proven
people wrong many times before.

”Man, I’ll tell you this, Conor is someone you can’t
underestimate,” Pederneiras said. “He has done things I didn’t
believe he could do, so I think it’s 50-50, but the physical
advantage for Khabib is too big. I see the stand-up fight being too
dangerous for Khabib, depending on how long it takes for him to
take the fight to the ground. But if he takes the fight to the
ground quickly, his chances increase a lot.”


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