Reigning UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is brimming with confidence ahead of his title unification bout against interim champion Conor McGregor at UFC 194 on Saturday.
Aldo and McGregor have been at each other’s throats since they were supposed to fight each other at UFC 189 in July, but that fight did not happen as Aldo pulled out with a rib injury.
Chad Mendes was called up as Aldo’s replacement, but McGregor beat him via TKO in the second round to be crowned the interim champion.
With Aldo and McGregor’s rivalry set to be settled on Saturday, the champion has made it clear that he will emerge victorious and added that he doesn’t care if he knocks the Irishman out or makes him submit.
"On our feet, I will knock him out. On the ground, I will submit him. I don't care. Wherever the fight goes I'm gonna end this fight," Aldo told reporters.
Aldo also made it clear that he is unfazed about fighting in front of a large and hostile crowd as he has no doubts that the featherweight title belt will still be in his possession after the bout has concluded.
"I've always been involved in big fights. My first fight in the UFC was in front of 50,000 people," he said. "I always want to be involved in fights like these. It's a great event and it's a great fight. I think we're going to be able to break a lot of records and make a lot of money. Wherever the fight goes, I'm going to end this fight."