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Jose Aldo turned down offer to fight Conor McGregor?

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Rafael dos Anjos is out of UFC 196. However before Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo was given the offer to replace Rafael dos Anjos and fight Conor McGregor.

MMA Fighting reports that Jose Aldo’s coach revealed the new details. Aldo’s coach and manager Andre Pederneiras said that they had to decline the offer because Aldo wasn’t prepared.

“Dana (White) called me, telling what happened and asking if Aldo was in shape to fight,” Pederneiras told Combate.

“I said he wasn’t and that there wasn’t enough time, and unfortunately he wouldn’t be able to fight next week.”

Aldo previously said that he wants nothing but a title match with Conor McGregor. He posted the same on Jan. 27 in his Instagram post.

“For everything I have done, everything I have accepted and mostly how the fight ended, I will not accept any other fight other than a title shot,” Aldo wrote.

“My only exception would be fighting (McGregor), at any time, anywhere, and once that he is afraid and knows that I’m gonna win… Doesn’t have to be title fight against him. Keep my belt, but I wanna whoop (your) ass anywhere.”

Fala galera, estava quieto até agora porque da maneira que a luta aconteceu eu já estava me preparando nos treinos pois tinha certeza que teria a revanche imediata. Porém Acho que me enganei. Então queria deixar bem claro para o @UFC que não aceito nenhuma luta que não seja pelo cinturão, por tudo que eu fiz nesses 8 anos , por tudo que eu aceitei e pela forma que a luta acabou. A única exceção seria uma luta a qualquer momento, em qualquer lugar e já que ele está com medo de me devolver o cinturão, não precisa ser pelo cinturão…@thenotoriousmma Espero que que vocês também cumpram a palavra de vocês @danawhiteufc @lorenzofertitta pois ainda acredito na empresa que trabalho. #rematch Hi everyone, i was quiet for a while because i was waiting for my rematch based on how the fight Went down, in fact I was already training for it, but apparently I was wrong. So I wanted to make something clear to UFC: for everything I have done, everything I have accepted and mostly how the fight ended, I will not accept any other fight other than a title shot . My only exception would be fighting thenotorious , at any time, anywhere , and once that he is afraid and knows that I'm gonna win …. Doesn't have to be title fight against him. Keep my belt, but I wanna whoop ur ass anywhere. @danawhite @lorenzofertitta @ufc keep ur word. I still believe in the company that I work for. #rematch

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Jose Aldo lost to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 within 13 seconds into the fight. Immediately after the fight, McGregor expressed his desire to move up division. His fight against lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos was the first step to it.

Their fight was already expected to draw huge crowds. Many gave their prediction about the fight. UFC President even went on to say that Conor might lose the fight because of body weight.

However, McGregor was determined to win. A Jose Aldo-Conor McGregor rematch would surely have been a great one.

But to prepare himself against Conor would surely need more time. Just recently Jose revealed that he “returned to training a while ago adjusting my weapons and getting better.”

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