Perhaps one of the most surprising moments of the past week happened outside of the usual hustle and bustle of fight week.
At a press conference in Russia, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov criticized fellow former UFC champion Jose Aldo and ruled out any kind of discussion that the Brazilian the 34-year-old was enjoying a second peak of his career. He compared Aldo (30-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) to Conor McGregor and called them both “businessmen” for recent performance inconsistencies.
It didn’t take long for McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) to publicly oppose the assessment as he defended Aldo on Twitter and in an Instagram Live video feed in the days that Nurmagomedov’s comments followed.
So, were Nurmagomedov’s comments on Aldo fair or rude? Has he gone too far? Or was it on point? Our Matthew Wells, Nolan King and George Garcia Spinning Back Clique panel weighed in with host John Morgan.
You can watch their discussion in the video above or check out the full episode below.