For three months, he trained three times a day. He invested his time and money, bringing training partners from Brazil and other countries, to do the best training camp of his life so he would be ready to defend the belt for the eighth time on July 11. Unfortunately, he fractured his rib during a training session, which he can prove from an official medical report, and besides trying his best to fight, he was forced the other way and that made me really sad. Only him, his family, coaches and teammates know how hard he worked to represent Brazil again.
His decision was made in respect to the UFC and the fans that today see him as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He couldn’t fight without being 100 percent physically and with a rib injury that could get worse if he got hit in the ribs. Many people told him to fight anyway because of the money he could make, but he wouldn’t sell himself for any money, no matter how much. He fights for love and for his country. Money comes in second place, it’s like a shadow: when you try catching it, you can’t, but when you move forward, it follows you. Money ends some day, but legacy and things you do becomes part of the history, and that’s what he valued the most.
Hes been the UFC champion since April 2011, defended his belt seven times in four years, and will do it for the eighth time in 2015, an average of twice a year. And not even mentioning WEC, a Zuffa-owned company, like the UFC, where he became the champion in 2009 and put his belt on the line twice in less than a year. That why i can’t agree with UFC’s decision to have an interim champion in his division citing the five opportunities that he couldn’t defend his belt.
If those fights had occurred, he would have done 12 title fights in four years in the UFC, an average of three fights a year, something that no other UFC champion did. A UFC champion rarely does three title defenses in one year. So that can’t be the main reason why they are creating an interim title, but the UFC is a private company which he works for, so he can’t complain about its decision, but he can’t agree with it either.
As for his opponent, who told him to step up and fight like a man, what can you say about a man that imitates a TV series character (Travis Fimmel, from Vikings) and the Canadian model Josh Mario John. That’s really who he wanted to be, because he’s probably ashamed of being who he really is, so he imitates his lines, his style and this actor’s tattoos. He’s an artist, but not from martial arts, but cheap comedy. It’s disrespectful with the actor, and with real athletes. He should look for a stage and not an Octagon. The Octagon is Aldo's kingdom and there’s place for only one king, which is him. If Conor wants to participate, he can be the joker he already is.
If he beats Chad Mendes, the only thing he will have is a toy belt to show his friends, drunk in his country’s bars, because that’s what an interim belt represents to me: a toy. Aldo is the champion.