The Night We Faced Aldo
^great article with commentary from all of Aldo's past opponents (except Frankie, Cub ad Korean Zombie).
Couple thoughts on the fight:
1. After reading that article, I see multiple guys on there mentioning that getting leg kicked by Aldo was some of the worst pain they've felt in the cage. Bad news for Conor.
2. The fact that Conor and his camp seem so adamant about heading to 155, immediately after this fight even based on some reports, means the weight cut is really getting to him. He'll have a size advantage, but that's bad news for his cardio. And it'll be interesting to see how the lack of an IV affects him too.
3. Aldo is more muay thai based and Conor has that taekwondo/karate kinda style with the looping kicks. I think aggressive muay thai fighters are a tough style matchup for those flashy tkd style fighters. Conor has heavy hands and some boxing skill of course but he hasn't dealt with a dude as athletic as Aldo that's ready to bring the fight to him, and his defense isn't the greatest. If Mendes touched his chin up it's a guarantee that Jose will too.
So overall I think Conor has to find Aldo's chin and probably do it early, otherwise leg kicks, bad cardio from the weight cut, and Aldo being Aldo are gonna make it a rough night for him. I'm taking Aldo by decision or late stoppage.
As far as the other fights:
- I think Weidman loses to Rockhold, he's been relying way too heavily on his chin lately. Rockhold has the size and striking to hurt him, and enough wrestling and grappling experience to not be worried about Weidman on the ground.
- No idea with Jacare and Romero, just wanna see a good fight.
- And I think Chad vs. Frankie is a match between one guy that needs to survive 5 rounds to win a decision victory vs a guy that can win a decision or just knock you out cold. I think Chad has the odds 60/40, but I'll be impressed if Frankie pulls it out.