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8 reasons why the real Aldo is better than that UFC lad

Conor McGregor’s opponent hasn’t got a patch on the ex-Ireland and Liverpool striker John Aldridge.

WITH UFC FEATHERWEIGHT champion Jose Aldo arriving in Dublin for the final leg of the UFC 189 world tour this afternoon, we weigh up how the Brazilian compares to the former Ireland international of the same name…

1) Jose has been second best to Conor McGregor in the mind games, while Aldridge knows how to get under the skin of his opponent

John Aldridge Ireland v Portugal 26/4/1995 Source: © Billy Stickland/INPHO

2) Although he’s the UFC featherweight champion, we bet Jose has never left three Egyptians on their arse

John Aldridge 1990 Source: ©INPHO

3) Jose and McGregor have had plenty of face-offs in recent weeks…

McGregor aldo stand off

…Aldridge was involved in one of his own with a certain yellow hat-wearing Fifa official at USA ’94

Soccer - World Cup USA 94 - Group E - Ireland v Mexico - Citrus Bowl, Orlando Source: EMPICS Sport

(Warning: Strong language)

Source: Chimpanzeethat/YouTube

4) Okay, Jose might have embarrassed Neymar but has he played (and scored) at a World Cup? Didn’t think so

Source: Footy-Goals.Com/YouTube

5) Facial hair? No contest

Aldo v Aldo tache

6) Jose may be known for his devastating kicks…

Aldo Kick Edgar

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…But Aldridge has shown that he can take them from the best

John Aldridge and Paolo Maldini WC 1990 Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

7) Jose and the Brazilian team are mates

Aldo Brazil boys Source: Instagram

Aldridge has Jackie’s Army

The Republic of Ireland 1994 Source: INPHO

8) And finally, we’re pretty sure Jose never won Celebrity You’re A Star

John Aldridge You're A Star

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