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For the longest time, former featherweight king Jose Aldo had nothing but nasty things to say about the man who took away his mojo. But Conor McGregor went buckwild at a recent Bellator event in Dublin, Ireland, and Aldo actually took the Irishman’s side.

What. The. Hell?

Here’s MMAFighting with the scoop:

“I haven’t seen the video, but I heard about it,” Aldo said. “I think it’s normal. He’s an emotional guy, and when an Irishman is fighting the Irish people embrace them a lot. I don’t condemn him.

“He didn’t do that for attention, he’s done that before. When we did The Ultimate Fighter, an athlete from his team won and he went up there and in there, he even tore his pants. He’s really emotional, and I don’t condemn him for what he’s done.”

Aldo, who admits to have done the same thing in the past, thinks the criticism McGregor has received since that incident is unfair.

“How many times have I invaded the Shooto (cage) when someone close to me is fighting?” Aldo said. “I really go there. The referee talks to me, but I still do it. I think it’s the heat of the moment, but there are bigger things than just the rules.”