The long awaited title fight between the UFC’s two biggest pound-for-pound badasses goes down December 12th. Check out the UFC odds & analysis as we reveal our winning pick for Aldo vs. McGregor.
UFC Picks: Play McGregor -160
Best Line Offered By: 5Dimes
The Back Story
The buildup to this fight has been excruciating. It was originally scheduled to take place on July 11 when a rib injury sustained during a sparring session by the champion, Jose Aldo, forced a postponement a mere 2 weeks prior to UFC 189. X-rays later revealed that Aldo’s rib was not broken as had first been reported. A ‘bruised’ rib and damaged cartilage was the revised diagnosis, further fueling speculation by challenger Connor McGregor that Aldo had been intentionally avoiding him, as he had maintained right along. UFC president, Dana White also intimated that the larger issue for Aldo was not his rib, but making the weight. “He had to cut something like 24 lbs” stated White at the UFC Fan Expo, “and if he couldn’t physically do it the way that he does it, he was afraid that he couldn’t make weight.”
Jose Aldo (25-1, 15 KO’s, 1 Sub)
Twenty-nine year old UFC Featherweight Champion, Brazilian Jose ‘Junior’ Aldo is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aldo possesses knockout power, incredible stamina, and a very strong ground game, which proved troublesome for McGregor against Mendes in UFC 189. His native Portugese seems to render him somewhat immune to McGregor’s trademark verbal taunts, though he was told, via an interpreter, “Tell him I’m his daddy” by McGregor at a pre-fight press conference prior to withdrawing from UFC 189 in July. Aldo’s seven title defenses ranks third in UFC history. Still, he has yet to defend his title against anyone of the caliber of Conor McGregor.
Conor McGregor (18-2, 16 KO’s, 1 Sub)
The pride of Dublin, Ireland, Interim Featherweight Champ “The Notorious” Conor McGregor brings his awesome punching and kicking power to Vegas for UFC 194. A huge Irish contingent was on hand to see McGregor defeat Mendes for the interim championship, and is likely to be a strong presence on Dec. 12 as well. Since an early-career loss to Joseph Duffy in 2010, McGregor has dominated the featherweight division, defeating 14 straight opponents (12 by knockout) leading up to the highly anticipated showdown against Jose Aldo for the undisputed featherweight championship. UFC odds makers have installed Conor McGregor as the favorite at -160. We agree.
UFC President Dana White has called this marquee matchup “Easily, the biggest fight in the history of the UFC.” While the champion, Aldo, relies on style and technique, the brash Irishman, McGregor, holds the advantage on strength and punching speed, not to mention sheer ferocity. We’re calling for a McGregor win by TKO in our UFC picks.