Jose Aldo Taunts Conor McGregor at UFC 194 Weigh-Ins

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 11:  (L-R) UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo of Brazil and interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland face off during the UFC 194 weigh-in inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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To the surprise of absolutely no one, things got heated between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo at the UFC 194 weigh-ins. After both men checked in under the 145-pound featherweight limit, they took a drink and moved in for the staredown. Surprisingly, Aldo took a subtle shot at McGregor, by impersonating his signature karate stance.

You can check out a video here, courtesy of Fox Sports:

McGregor was not a fan of Aldo taunting him, and he feinted a couple of kicks as he was being held back by UFC President Dana White. Aldo, however, held strong and continued to mimic the Irishman.

McGregor is often seen striking the pose during staredowns.
McGregor is often seen striking the pose during staredowns.Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Aldo and McGregor have had a testy relationship since the latter first joined the UFC. After establishing himself on the European circuit, McGregor was brought to the big show and minced no words in regard to his intent to dethrone the Brazilian. As he came closer and closer to the title, he focused more and more of his talk on Aldo.

Some manner of incident was expected at the weigh-ins, but it's surprising that Aldo was the one to initiate. While Aldo has remained largely quiet during the buildup to this fight, shrugging off everything from name-calling to personal-space invasion, McGregor has forced a reaction out of him on a few occasions.

The most notable example? The now-infamous moment when McGregor stole Aldo's belt during a question-and-answer session in Dublin, Ireland. Aldo is rarely anything other than stone cold, so seeing him actively take a mental swipe at McGregor is beyond unusual.

The fight is set to go down Saturday night in the main event of UFC 194. Make sure to keep an eye out on Bleacher Report's coverage during and after the fights.