Jose Aldo issues apology to Conor McGregor

UFC Media Day with Jose Aldo
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Jose Aldo is backing down on comments he made about his former foe Conor McGregor after Gamebred Boxing debut.

At one time, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor were the worst of enemies, but the times have been changing now that neither poses a threat to the other.

When Aldo retired from the UFC he told the media that he and McGregor had become friends and McGregor even tweeted positive messages for Aldo.

But all that changed when Aldo went on a rant backstage at the Gambred Boxing event where he was fighting. Aldo had just fought an exciting bout with Jeremy Stephens which was declared a draw, upsetting Aldo who felt he'd won. That anger was intensified when someone mentioned that McGregor had tweeted about the fight.

“Conor is an a******,” Aldo said in his native Portuguese during the post-fight interview. “He only talks now because he has a fight booked, and does so to sell anything, not to actually fight. He’s a son of a b****.”

Now, weeks removed from the moment Aldo is apologizing for jumping to conclusions about McGregor.

Jose Aldo tells Conor McGregor 'we're cool again' after boxing rant mix-up

“I was a little heated,” Aldo said in an interview on the MMA Fighting podcast Trocação Franca. “I had just re-watched the match in the locker room and I had won, everybody said it, and right after that a reporter asked me [about McGregor’s comments], and I hadn’t seen what Conor had said. I called him names, laughed a lot, because of that. But when I got to Brazil, I messaged him apologizing because I saw it wasn’t his intention to challenge me, he was trying to give me a push. I misunderstood [his intentions]. But we’re cool again. Conor is my friend. I wish him all the best.”

Aldo says he's interested in training. with McGregor, should the right opportunity arise.

“I have to learn a lot in boxing. There are some great Irish boxers, so if I have the opportunity to go to Ireland and train with Conor and the Irish, I’m super open to it. Especially pro boxing. It’s a new world, and I have to learn from the best. Conor has good boxing, he fought Mayweather in boxing, so he has a lot to teach me.”

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