Jose Aldo has called out Conor McGregor for a lack of respect after his split with training partner Paulie Malignaggi.
As noted by Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting, Malignaggi left the McGregor camp after some images were leaked showing the Irishman getting the better of exchanges between the pair. Aldo, speaking with FightHype (h/t Meshew), had his say on the matter.
"McGregor has no respect for the sport, for the person," said the Brazilian. "That's it. He's not good for the sport."
Asked about the photos, Aldo suggested they showed McGregor pushing the former boxer. "It was a push," he said. "Yes, I believe [Malignaggi]."
Aldo knows what it's like to come up against McGregor, having faced the Irishman after a heated buildup in December 2015. McGregor needed just 13 seconds to knock out the legendary Brazilian.
McGregor takes on an altogether different challenge this month, though. On August 26 he will go face-to-face in a boxing bout with the legendary Floyd Mayweather. It'll be the first time ever the UFC lightweight champion has been involved in a professional boxing match.
Malinaggi was brought into the MMA star's camp to prepare him in part for the task that lies ahead before the dispute. The man from New York didn't mince his words when talking about exchanges with McGregor in training from his point of view:
Paul Malignaggi @PaulMalignaggi
Yea but this coming week I'll actually start to discuss a bit what happened Tuesday, he whimpers like a girl when he gets ripped to body lol https://t.co/lfcuILlubJ2017-8-6 00:03:31
There's no doubt the Irishman is the underdog heading into the meeting with Mayweather; the latter may not have been in action for almost two years, but his professional record stands at a perfect 49 wins from 49 fights.
As for McGregor, Aldo has predicted this showdown may be the last we see of him in action in any kind of combat sports.
"With the money he will get from this fight, he will never fight again," he said. "Not MMA, not boxing, nothing."