Recently crowned undisputed UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been criticized quite a bit since he was promoted from the interim featherweight champion to the undisputed featherweight champion in the wake of Conor McGregor relinquishing the featherweight title.
Aldo reigned as the UFC featherweight champion for five years, defending his title seven times over the course of his reign, which included a nearly 10 year unbeaten streak that extended back to his reign as the WEC champion. That all changed at UFC 194 however when Aldo stepped into the Octagon with Irish superstar Conor McGregor. In just 13 seconds, McGregor landed a brutal left-hand shot that starched Aldo, bringing an end to his five-year reign as champion.
Aldo bounced back in his next fight when he stepped into the Octagon at UFC 200 to fight Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title in a fight which served as a rematch of their 2013 UFC 156 fight. Aldo dominated the fight from start to finish, securing himself a unanimous decision win, the interim featherweight title, and a rematch with Conor McGregor.
Ultimately however, after McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to claim the lightweight championship, he revealed that he would be taking time away from fighting due to the upcoming birth of his child in May.
After UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier withdrew from his UFC 206 scrap with Anthony Johnson, the UFC opted to promote the co-main event scrap between Max Holloway & Anthony Pettis to the main event, and make the fight an interim featherweight title fight, with the winner moving on to fight Jose Aldo for what is now the undisputed featherweight title.
Ahead of Holloway vs. Pettis this Saturday, Aldo weighed-in on his promotion to undisputed champ.
He spoke to Combate:
“I knew I would be the champion and he knows what happened to me in that fight will never happen again,” Aldo said. “It was known I would be champion again so I don’t have a problem with the way it happened. I’ve always said that having the belt around my waist is all that matters. No matter what, I’m the champion. I don’t care about what his coach says. Who is his coach anyway? I don’t know who he is. Or him. They’re all pieces of sh*t.”