It is plain and simple for Jose Aldo. He only wants to fight for the UFC featherweight title.
The former UFC featherweight champion who was the only man to hold the title since the division’s birth before losing it to Conor McGregor in December just wants to get his belt back. With McGregor scheduled to fight for the lightweight title on March 5 against Rafael dos Anjos, “The Notorious” is still holding on to the featherweight title.
Frankie Edgar is also in the picture of fighting for the featherweight title and Aldo is uncertain on the timeframe of his next fight. Aldo, as well as many fans who think his career speaks for itself for an immediate rematch against McGregor, is willing to wait a year for his chance to regain his title, according to Andre Pederneiras, Aldo’s coach and manager.
“What I can say is that that’s our idea right now,” Aldo’s manager Andre Pederneiras said in a media scrum in Rio de Janeiro (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “It might change tomorrow, but that’s our idea right now.”
“Aldo believes he has this right, and so do I,” he added. “He will only fight for the belt. The champion he was, undefeated for 10 years, he thinks he has the same right others had. Some fighters are getting rematches they deserve less than Aldo. If it’s going to be soon or in 10 years, he thinks he deserves a title fight.”
Unfortunately for Aldo, the UFC is calling the shots and their decisions right now are not in Aldo’s favor.
“I wouldn’t let (McGregor) move up and take the belt with him, but it’s the UFC’s call, I can’t do anything about it,” he said. “I have to accept it. I can’t say I’m happy with it, though. I’m not, and Aldo is not happy about it either. But we can’t do anything about it. When you fight for a company, you have two options: leave the company, or accept the condition and wait, try to negotiate what’s better for you, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
Do you think Jose Aldo with his accomplished career deserves to fight for the UFC featherweight title next? Or does Frankie Edgar get his shot at the featherweight title for the second time? Share your opinion in the comments!