UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo and the man who will challenge him for his title at UFC 189, Conor McGregor, are currently embarking on a 12-day international media tour. The tour kicked off in Aldo's home country of Brazil this past Friday.
UFC president Dana White has landed the fun, if exhausting, responsibility of leading the tour through eight cities across five countries. With the interaction between Aldo and McGregor having been less than civil thus far, and Conor being the driving force behind most of it, White is feeling the pressure to avoid a repeat of the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier brawl of last year.
On Saturday, Dana explained: "(Aldo's head coach) Andre Pederneiras told me that he's not joking, he's dead serious, that I'd better make sure Conor McGregor does not touch Jose Aldo once during this entire tour because the level of disrespect that's coming out of [McGregor's] mouth will not be followed up by the level of disrespect of him being touched. I'd better sleep and eat my Wheaties and be ready on this trip to keep these two from touching each other, which I'm very conscious of."
It may be a headache keeping the champ and challenger in order leading up to their UFC 189 fight, but when it finally goes down on July 11th it will mark the biggest fight in featherweight history and has the potential to be the most-watched fight of the year.
"It's gonna be fun, it's gonna be interesting, I can't wait for that fight," said Dana. "It's the biggest featherweight fight ever."
UFC 189 is due to take place on July 11th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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