Chelsea FC: Jose Aldo Looks to Blues for Support for UFC 189

Ahead of what’s being billed as the best featherweight fight in history, and one of the biggest pay-per-views of all time, Jose Aldo will look for support from none other than Chelsea FC to help him take down Conor McGregor.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, the champ revealed his admiration for the likes of Eden Hazard and his fellow countrymen Willian and Ramires, having become a fan of the Blues when Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

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‘I started paying attention to Chelsea when Abramovich bought the club,’ said Aldo. ‘He made them a big team and now I follow the Blues all the time. I loved David Luiz, it’s too bad he left.’

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Growing up in Brazil, Aldo started supporting Flamengo, but Chelsea’s style of play has converted him into a Blues fan. While there shouldn’t be much causation between the respective successes of Aldo and the West London club, we can at least pretend that supporting the likes of Chelsea has contributed to his undisputed reign at the top of UFC’s featherweight division.

With regard to July 11, meanwhile, a rib injury picked up by Aldo attempted to derail this fight, but tests have revealed it was nothing more than a bone bruise.

With the excellent promotional job that the UFC has done in advance of this match-up, it would have been a shame if it had to be delayed. A raucous world press tour has generate hype to the point that it could only be rounded off by a million dollar commercial:

Aldo’s football involvement isn’t merely limited to Chelsea and Flamengo either. The featherweight champion also spoke with former Brazil captain Thiago Silva on the press tour, promising to ‘release the beast’ (video below) on Conor McGregor.

Many people have wondered if McGregor’s antics have played with Aldo’s head, but it’s going to take a lot more than trash-talking to dethrone the champion who has been undefeated for the last 10 years.

(Warning: The following video contains NSFW language.)

There’s no doubt that Conor McGregor is a very exciting fighter and one of the biggest stars to step into the UFC. However, he hasn’t fought anybody close to Aldo’s level, and he’ll need to pull out all of his tricks if he is to become the new featherweight champion.

Furthermore, with the double-winning Blues behind the Brazilian, the amount of champion spirit in his corner should overwhelm the Irishman.

Bring on July 11.

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