“Jose Aldo Didn’t Go Out There and Fight Jose Aldo’s Fight” – Justin Gaethje Says Jose Aldo Made a Mistake Against Conor McGregor

Published 10/14/2021, 8:53 AM EDT
DALLAS, TX – MAY 12: Justin Gaethje speaks to the media during the UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference at the American Airlines Center on May 12, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The buildup to the long-awaited fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor was a spectacle. McGregor beat Aldo in the first round to claim the UFC featherweight title.

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Throughout the buildup, Conor kept taking digs at Aldo and threw him off his game. If UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje is to be believed, that is what exactly happened.

Gaethje recently appeared on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, and when asked if fighters try to get into other fighters’ heads to throw them off their game, Gaethje said, “Yeah, 100 percent. 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical. I mean Conor McGregor, some of his success was his ability to make people fight certain fights. Jose Aldo didn’t go out there and fight Jose Aldo’s fight. He was emotional, and if you are fighting emotionally, you will not win, you know, you will not be your best.”

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Conor had gotten into Aldo’s head, and that showed when the two fighters met. Conor and Aldo went face-to-face at UFC 194, and ‘The Notorious’ knocked out Aldo thirteen seconds into the first round. It is the fastest knockout in a title bout in UFC history.

Gaethje will enter the octagon for the first time since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. ‘The Highlight’ will go up against the former Bellator lightweight champion, Michael Chandler.

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In the lead-up to the Gaethje-Chandler fight, both fighters have said a few things. Chandler, in an interview, said that he would go after Gaethje and get in his face.

Michael, in the interview, said, “I’m going to come forward, I’m going to get in (Gaethje’s) face, I’m going to take the center of the octagon. I’m ready for violence, I’m ready for bloodshed, and I’m ready for action to give the fans at home a phenomenal show.” He also said that he wouldn’t be taking a step back and said Justin would be the one to do so.

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Replying to the claim made by Chandler, Gaethje, in an interview with ESPN MMA, said, “He is (Chandler) not going to be taking a step backward, he’ll be shooting for the, and it’ll be early so that we can guarantee.

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Justin and Michael are coming off losses in their previous fights with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira. They would be desperate to get a W in this fight, which will only make it interesting. Fans will definitely tune in for the contest, as it is bound to be an interesting one. The win for any of the two might put them back in the title picture.

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Do you think Conor got into Aldo’s head? Will the claims by Chandler get into Gaethje’s head? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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