This June, in the main event of UFC 212, Jose Aldo will attempt to unify his undisputed featherweight title with the interim featherweight title currently owned by Hawaii’s Max Holloway. It’s an undeniably massive fight for the Brazilian, and one that will require him to be on his A-game.
While this bout with Holloway is surely Aldo’s main focus at this juncture, however, he is still desirous of a rematch with MMA superstar Conor McGregor, who knocked him out in just 13 seconds back in 2015. While this is a rematch Aldo would very much like, however, he no longer expects it to happen. The featherweight champ explained this feeling during a media scrum in Rio de Janeiro (via MMAFighting.com).
“Never, never,” Aldo said. “I think it was close [to happening] once. Today, with this fight between the UFC and him, from both sides. The UFC has tried to do this fight, and he didn’t want it. He’s running. He won’t accept it. But we’ll see. I don’t know if this fight happens.”
Now that he’s given up hope for a rematch with McGregor, Aldo says he couldn’t care less about the Irish star’s activity– not even his potential boxing mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather.
“Well, I don’t think about McGregor today. I couldn’t care less what he’s doing,” Aldo said. “Like I said, I want to remain champion, I want big fights. If one day I fight him, great. If not, I’ll continue my life, continue being champion, continue being the same person, fighting and winning. I don’t think about Conor today. I only talk about Conor because you ask. F*ck him.”
After losing the featherweight title to McGregor in 2015, Aldo claimed the interim featherweight title with a unanimous decision defeat of Frankie Edgar. He was then promoted to undisputed champion when the UFC stripped McGregor of that title.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/27/2017.