Jose Aldo made some controversial comments to the media in Brazil earlier this week, stating that he had spies in Frankie Edgar’s camp prior to their rematch at UFC 200, which led to him changing up his strategy.
However, a few days later Aldo has looked to pour cold water on the heated debate surrounding this situation by claiming that he was joking when he made the claim.
“Guys now I’ve become invincible… Nobody can beat me and my spies…” Aldo wrote on Instagram. “Sometimes we aren’t taken seriously, and other times we joke around and get taken too seriously, so… let’s clarify I’ve always fought fair. I got to the top through a lot of hard work- both mine and my team’s. I am a principled person and fighter. My team is renowned for its development of tough, technical fighters but also for our collective character, and that’s what we’ll continue to be known for. I’d never do anything that goes against our principles. I fight clean, I fight fair, and I fight tough.
“When I talked about having spies in Edgar’s camp, it was a reference to a comment Macgregor made before our fight. It was just a jab. Everyone knows you can’t change up your entire strategy on fight week- of course Frankie’s strategy was going to be everything that worked for him in our first fight- it was a no-brainer that he would try the same things. As to spies in camp, relax people…my spies are just in your heads. I’m ready for anyone, no spies required.”