UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be forced to defend his title after Jose Aldo successfully grabbed the interim featherweight belt.
Jose Aldo won via unanimous decision in his bout against Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 on Saturday night for the interim featherweight title. UFC president Dana White is more confident that Conor McGregor will return to the featherweight division to defend his title.
“(McGregor) made it very clear he’ll return to featherweight to defend his belt and fight that person,” UFC president Dana White said during the UFC 200 post-fight show on the FS1 Saturday night.
“He’ll fight Jose after his next fight against (Nate) Diaz.”
After the fight, Jose Aldo gave a message to Conor McGregor. “You are next… and next time you are not going to be as lucky as you were before.”
In the middle of the fight between Aldo and Edgar, the UFC featherweight champion has been just a few feet away from the Octagon. Conor McGregor watched every move of both fighters, like a lion looking for his next prey.
Recalling in December, it only took 13 seconds for the Irish fighter to knock out Jose Aldo. The Brazilian fighter claimed in the past that he will not retire in MMA until he settles his score with Conor McGregor.
However, before that, Conor McGregor will be having his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. The rematch was supposed to take place at UFC 200 but was pulled out after the Irish fighter failed to reach the required promotional appearances.
As soon as his fight against Nate Diaz is concluded, there is a possibility that Conor McGregor will fight again in either UFC 203, 204 or 205 against Jose Aldo to defend his title. With the UFC 200 bout between Edgar and Aldo, it’s still predictable that the Irish fighter will be declared the winner either via knockout, submission or decision.
Photo courtesy: Andrius Petrucenia/Wikimedia Commons