Champ Jose Aldo wants Conor McGregor in Brazil, but UFC boss says Las Vegas to host

In UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s ideal world, Conor McGregor will emerge victorious in tonight’s UFC Fight Night 59 headliner and then head to the champ’s native Brazil for a title shot.

UFC President Dana White, meanwhile, seems to have other plans.

While McGregor (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) must first get by Dennis Siver (22-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) in tonight’s FOX Sports 1-televised UFC Fight Night 59 headliner at Boston’s TD Garden, his potential bout with Aldo (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) has already been a frequent topic of conversation. And while Brazil, McGregor’s native Ireland and Las Vegas have all been mentioned as possible host sites, it appears the latter has won out.

“That one’s going to be in Vegas,” White said when asked if the title fight might take place in Boston.

However, on Saturday, Aldo told MMAjunkie he was holding out hope for Brazil.

“Let’s see what happens,” the champ said. “I’m waiting to find out if I’ll fight in Ireland or not. But I’ll push for a Brazil card. Since I’m the champion, he should come to wherever I am.”

And a prediction for the fight, which has McGregor as a 10-1 favorite?

“It’s hard to say (who will win),” he said. “Anything could happen. Let’s see how it goes. A fight is a fight. Honestly, I’ve never paid attention to his fights, so I don’t know what he does well. But his strength is the standup. And any standup fighter has a chance in a fight. I just don’t know if he can pull it off.”

But there’s no doubt Aldo wants the matchup. Despite McGregor’s continual insults and callouts of the champ, Aldo said he’s actually pulling for the Irishman. He figures it’d be good for everyone’s bottom line.

“Yes, of course (it’d be a marketable fight),” he said. “Fighting with him, due to the fact that he’s a great promoter, would be much more profitable than my past opponents.

“It helps a lot, without a doubt. It helps me, him and the UFC. It’s good for everyone.”