Former UFC middleweight contender turned ESPN analyst Chael Sonnen has made yet another bold statement. He believes that Jose Aldo, who is set to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in a featherweight title unification bout, will not make weight come Friday.
The reason that Sonnen thinks Aldo will not make weight is because Aldo is looking for a way out of fighting McGregor. Sonnen believes that since Aldo is in Las Vegas and healthy, he is looking for a way out and sees this as his last chance of doing so.
“I’m not positive Jose Aldo is going make weight for this fight,” Sonnen told MMA Fighting.com.
“If he can find a way out of this fight right now, he will take it. The problem is, he’s here, and he’s healthy. His last chance to get out of this, or at least have his title on the line, or at least have the full fiver, is to not make weight.”
Sonnen said if he were to buy this event on pay-per-view, he’d wait until Aldo makes weight before hitting the pay button. Sonnen also brought up the fact that Aldo has pulled out of their fight before and might do so again.
“So until I see him on the scale, I’m not going to buy it. He’s clearly scared of Conor. He’s already pulled out of this fight once,” he said.
“One of the reasons you get into the UFC, is you want people watching. When you have an athlete, who does everything he can to make sure people don’t tune in… You have an athlete, who does everything he can to make sure people don’t know when, where, how to get tickets, where the PPV is… That’s not a great sign.”
Sonnen brought up the fact that Aldo is not promoting this fight at all and he feels that Aldo is trying to not have anyone watch this fight in case he loses.
“If you are going to whip my ass, you’re going to want people to watch,” Sonnen noted. “Jose Aldo will do everything he can to make sure nobody is on the TV on Saturday night, and I haven’t seen anything like it.”
UFC 194 takes place on December 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This event will air on pay-per-view, FOX Sports 1, and UFC Fight Pass.
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