The UFC 189 World Championship Tour made its next stop here in New York yesterday evening in the Beacon Theatre. The match that will serve as the main event matches Brazilian Jose Aldo, the UFC Featherweight king since awarded the belt in 2010 upon coming from the WEC Promotion and challenger Conor McGregor.
Conor, a dynamo from Belfast, Ireland, was the crowd favorite. The sensational southpaw has ran through the division and re-christened it.
“I came along and featherweights are headlining cards now. Its the McGregor division, make no mistake about it.”
“If I leave the featherweights go back to the prelims.”
Jose Aldo, interrupted throughout when he spoke, was deadpanned throughout and matter of fact. Aldo has not lost since 2005.
“I’m pretty professional. I let him do what he does. When the fight comes, I’m going to win.”
UFC President Dana White, touched on the topics of expansion into Latin America and one who mentioned Ecuador.
“We are pulling guys from all over South America.”
“We are very focused on this, its taken longer than I expected.”
The popularity of the Ultimate fighter and UFC in Brazil is quite impressive. It was recently announced that at UFC 190 Ronda Rousey will defend her title in Brazil against hometown girl Bethe Corriea. Brazil has eleven champions in UFC History with Jose the headliner this coming July. Jose is looking at this as business as usual.
“He’s just another opponent. I’m going to prepare, double hard, and after July 11th, I’m still going to be champion.”