At UFC 194, interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor stepped into the Octagon with undisputed champion Jose Aldo for a highly anticipated showdown that saw McGregor not only win UFC gold, but end the lengthy reign of Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds.
Following the loss, Aldo began to campaign for a rematch against his rival. While at one point he toyed with the idea of following McGregor to lightweight in order to contend for the Irish superstar’s 155 pound title, he ultimately fought Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 to win the interim title. Interestingly enough, after McGregor relinquished the featherweight title, Jose Aldo was promoted from interim champion to undisputed champion.
With a title unification bout against Max Holloway rapidly approaching, Aldo spoke on a media conference call to discuss a potential rematch with McGregor, saying:
“Everybody still asks me if I want or if I don’t want (to fight him again). That’s not up to me. That’s up to the UFC, and we know it will never happen. I don’t even know if he will come back to fight. The UFC tried to do a (second) fight and he didn’t want it, didn’t accept it, because what happened will never happen again.”
“I couldn’t care less what Conor does or doesn’t do,” Aldo said. “I’m a UFC fighter and I’m the best featherweight. I have to focus on training and evolving to defend my belt.”
In regards to his upcoming title defense, the champion stated:
“It’s another test for me,” Aldo added. “He’s a young guy, hungry to win. He’s another one who will try and fail. That’s for sure.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/25/2017.