UFC lightweight Ross Pearson believes that Jose Aldo is like no opponent Conor McGregor has never faced before, ahead of Saturday's bout in Las Vegas.
Aldo (25-1) and McGregor (18-2) were initially meant to fight in July, but the fight did not happen after Aldo injured his rib during training.
Since his UFC debut in 2013, McGregor has been the star attraction in the featherweight division, winning six times in a row, including defeats over the likes of Chad Mendes, Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier.
The challenge for McGregor is that he is up against an opponent in Aldo who has not lost in 10 years, winning his last 18 fights.
In an interview with The42, Pearson acknowledged that McGregor has incredible self-belief but felt that in Aldo he was facing someone from another level.
“I think Conor is just on a steamroller of confidence right now,” Pearson told The42. “He’s got incredible belief in his own ability, he believes in his power and he believes that he can finish anyone.
“He’s been really impressive, but this is going to be a completely different test to anything he’s come up against before. Jose is a different animal entirely. I think Jose will be there until the very bitter end. There’s no stopping that guy. I’m expecting it to be a war.”
Pearson would not pick a winner of Saturday's fight, saying it was a close call.
”I think it will come down to how much Conor has got to give and how much Jose can take. Then we’ll see who is left standing at the end but it’s far too difficult to say who that will be.
“It’s a fight that should have happened by now so I think everyone’s just looking forward to finally watching what happens at this stage. It’s a huge fight, one of the biggest in the UFC for a long, long time.”