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Aldo’s Training Partner Jonas Bilharinho, “Jose Aldo will KO or submit Conor McGregor”



Conor McGregor will be knocked out or submitted by Jose Aldo in their UFC featherweight unification fight on December 12th at UFC 194. That, a prediction according to Jose Aldo’s training partner, Jonas Bilharinho. In an exclusive interview with MMA Latest News, Bilharinho discussed Aldo’s preparation for his bout against Conor McGregor.

Bilharinho, who boasts an impressive MMA record of 6-0, is the current bantamweight and featherweight champion of the Brazilian mixed martial arts promotion Jungle Fight and was brought in to help Aldo prepare for McGregor by mimicking McGregor’s unorthodox style of movement. Bilharinho is adamant that Aldo is prepared more than ever for McGregor.

“When Conor fought Chad Mendes he gave all the cards we needed to measure him. For sure, Aldo is way better prepared for December 12th” – Bilharinho

“I can guarantee Aldo is more prepared right now. Now that Conor fought Chad Mendes, we have ways to measure how fast he is, how powerful he is…” Bilharinho continued, “We know even better how Conor moves, how fast is his approach. After I saw the Chad Mendes fight I could have a whole new perception on his game. Aldo knew exactly everything about Chad because he fought Chad twice and he knows a lot about him. So, when a guy fights Chad it´s a very good way to measure this guy.  When Conor fought Chad Mendes he gave all the cards we needed to measure him. For sure, Aldo is way better prepared for December 12th.”

Bilharinho himself is also preparing for his own title fight this Sunday when he fights Amaury Junior in the new Brazilian organisation 1st round combat for the featherweight title and he says training with Aldo on a daily basis has made him a better fighter.

“It´s great to have the opportunity to train with the best pound for pound fighter in the world,” said Bilharinho. “He is the number one. When I´m capable to test my skills against a guy like him it show’s me how good I am and how better I must get to be where he is right now. It´s an amazing opportunity, I´m enjoying every minute. I bet a lot of fighters would pay to be in my place right now. I´m grateful to Dedé Pederneiras and José Aldo. I only have to thank them. They are always thanking me for help, but I´m the one that has to thank them. Aldo is very good, by the way, well trained and well prepared for this fight. It´s a golden opportunity.”

Bilharinho, like McGregor, has gained a reputation for his phenomenal movement and different approach to fighting and says his gameplans are very similar to McGregor’s. In fact, it only took a few tweaks and changes to his own game to make his style similar to that of McGregor’s.

“It´s not [difficult] at all to mimic Conor,” explained Bilharinho. “I’m not saying Conor is an easy guy to emulate. Of course not. But my game plan is very similar to his. We both are southpaws, we came from the same school, we both pick small combinations (1 or 1-2 or 1-2-3). We don´t go for the long combinations. We play our game on distance. It’s very easy for me to do this, it´s natural. I only have to pick some strikes that he applies and I don’t and I have to remove from my game some strikes that I apply and he doesn´t and that´s it. I put some strikes here, I remove some strikes there and it´s Conor.”

“We know Conor is going to try to taunt Jose, but it will not work.” – Bilharinho

Bilharinho isn’t just helping Aldo prepare for McGregor physically but more importantly mentally by constantly cursing and taunting him during training, a trait McGregor has become known for inside the octagon. Bilharinho says that Aldo will be ready for McGregor’s taunting.

“I can guarantee McGregor’s mind games won’t be effective,” exclaimed Bilharinho. “We fight exactly as we train. It´s very [difficult] to see a guy put something up inside the octagon that he didn´t train before. Aldo is training for this. We are preparing him not only physically but mentally too. I´ve been cursing at him every single training session for the last two months. He is completely prepared for this. We know Conor is going to try to taunt Jose, but it will not work.”

Bilharinho expects it to be an interesting fight but says Aldo will beat McGregor in every department. He sees his fellow countryman winning by KO or submission.

“This fight can go to some many different places,” explained Bilharinho. “I cannot predict an ending. I only know Aldo is prepared everywhere.I only see this fight going for Aldo. Of course, a fight is a fight. But José Aldo is better than Conor in every single aspect. He’s got better conditioning and way more experienced. He is a better striker, a better wrestler – attacking and defending. He is way better in ground game. Thinking in all the skills separately, Aldo would sure win this fight. But as I said a fight is always a fight and we are polishing the last details to administrate better the risks. I can only see this fight going to Aldo by knockout or submission. I cannot see this fight going to distance. But I can only imagine this fight going for Aldo.”

Check out some of training footage yourself courtesy of footage from Jonas Bilharinho’s Youtube account.

For all the build up to UFC 194 and all your latest news in the world of MMA make sure to follow MMA Latest News on Facebook and Twitter.

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Who will Conor McGregor fight next in the UFC?



Conor McGregor has announced via Instagram that he intends to return to fighting and he even revealed that he had offered to replace the injured Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 222.

He did say however that the UFC rejected the opportunity to have him headline against Frankie Edgar as he was told “there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need”.

With his return seemingly imminent and an already proposed fight with Frankie Edgar falling through here’s a look at the men who could be standing across the cage from the “Notorious One” upon his return to the octagon.

Frankie Edgar

Let’s start with the man McGregor claims he was ready to fight next month, Frankie Edgar.

It’s a fight that has been rumoured and talked about for years now, but has always failed to become a reality and right now I believe each mans future lies elsewhere.

Although I believe Edgar would choose a fight with McGregor over a title fight with Holloway, his next bout should finally be for the real featherweight title, providing he beats Ortega at UFC 222. McGregor on the other hand, is unlikely to want the Edgar fight now given the much more lucrative options at his disposal.

If you’re a fan still clinging to hope that you will one day see this match up, I hate to break it to you but the only place you’ll be seeing this match up anytime soon is on UFC 3.

Likelihood: 2/10

The winner of Ferguson vs Khabib

If UFC 223 goes as planned then we will see a new UFC Lightweight champion. It means Conor McGregor will be without a belt for the first time since December 2015 and it would be no surprise to see him want his belt back instantly.

As a competitor the winner of this fight represents the best the division has to offer. As a businessman the winner of this fight represents the best the division has to offer.

It is the fight that makes sense, but as we know, sense doesn’t always prevail in the UFC. But, the winner of this bout being the next to face McGregor, is a real possibility.

Likelihood: 9/10

Max Holloway

Conor McGregor is no longer the man at featherweight, Max Holloway is.

Does that hurt McGregor’s ego? Maybe. There has been a lot more activity on McGregor’s social media channels about his fight with Holloway. Most notably the “I miss those sunglasses” post. Which certainly has a hint of jealousy to it. Perhaps McGrgeor wants to remind fans of what he can do at featherweight?

Although I think McGregor’s days at featherweight are pretty much over, I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that we see this fight at lightweight. But I don’t believe this fight is next for either man.

Likelihood: 4/10

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have both announced their comebacks in quick succession of each other. Could it mean they’re coming back for a fight this summer? Who knows.

But one things for sure, the trilogy fight will happen. It has the potential to be even bigger than the first two fights and will surely bring in a boat load of cash. Enough to motivate the two rivals to meet in the octagon again.

The fight seems inevitable and it has every chance of being the next fight for McGregor.

Likelihood: 9/10

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Mayweather Jr. in the octagon has been teased since before his boxing match with Conor McGregor and the ongoing speculation seems never ending.

But it’s wishful thinking to believe that Mayweather Jr. will repay the favour to McGrgeor by competing in his sport.

This sport has taught us to never say never and many of us would have never envisioned McGregor competing in boxing, but here we are. But this is just a whole new level of unlikely.

Likelihood: 0/10



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Dana White gives an update on the lightweight title picture



When it comes to the lightweight division there is always a lot of talk with very little clarification. But now it seems Dana White has had enough of waiting for champion Conor McGregor and plans to move on in his absence.

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor won the UFC lightweight title back in November 2016 at UFC 205 where he became the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, however, he has not competed in MMA since.

Speaking on Sunday night’s after UFC Fight Night St. Louis UFC President Dana White said “Conor has said he is thinking about coming back in September if he comes back in September that’s almost two years, that can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything he’s done for this company, everybody knows that I say it all the time. The belt would have to move on.”

White also spoke about the two men that would fight for the lightweight belt saying “You do Khabib versus Tony, we’re working on that fight now and if and when Conor comes back he would get the first crack at the title.”

Then when presenter Karyn Bryant pushed for clarification and asked: “So you’re saying that Conor could possibly be stripped of his title?” Dana responded without hesitation “absolutely”.

The news will excite UFC fans across the globe who have been clamoring for the Ferguson vs Khabib matchup which they have been denied on three separate occasions. No date was confirmed for the potential matchup but rumors have been circulating that the UFC is targeting UFC 223 in April.

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Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win at UFC 219



On Saturday night the world watched as Khabib Nurmagomedov dismantled the striking expert Edson Barboza at UFC 219. The reactions were filled with praise for the undefeated Russian fighter. Media members and fans alike were calling Nurmagomedov one of the best lightweights in the world, but there is one man the world was waiting to hear from, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor was silent following the fight between Nurmagomedov and Barboza, that is until Monday morning when he took to Twitter to state his opinion about the Number one contender.

“Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me,” McGregor wrote on Twitter.  “Otherwise, I don’t give a bollox.  My whiskey is out this year and that’s Diddy bread.” The whiskey that McGregor is referring to is his very own grand that he announced would be coming out following his loss to Floyd Mayweather this past August.

Rumors about McGregor’s return have ranged from him retiring from fighting to live a life of wealth with his family, to expect his return to the UFC this summer. No one really knows if McGregor will ever defend his UFC lightweight belt, but if he is to do so UFC President Dana White has said that it will be against interim champion Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson was also seeking a fight with Nurmagomedov prior to winning the interim belt against Kevin Lee. It is entirely possible that we will see these two battle for the interim title in the octagon before we see the return of Conor McGregor. Of course, these days there are no guarantees in regards to title contention, McGregor and his camp have publically stated that they would like to face Nurmagomedov in his home country of Russia. 


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