When Rafael dos Anjos broke his foot, he had to withdraw his match with Conor McGregor for UFC 196. In just a few weeks before the fight, Dana White had to find a replacement fighter for dos Anjos.
One of the fighters that was called up was Former UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. But controversially, Aldo’s name was one of those fighters that had to decline the match.
Aldo explains why:
“Any professional needs time to train. It’s not a cockfight where I go there and put my rooster to fight. It’s a high-level sport, I’m going there to do my job. When I have time to train, it can happen at any time, anywhere.”
Aldo who was knocked out in 13 seconds by McGregor, still believes that he should be given a rematch immediately once he returns to the octagon.
“If we were doing that, we’d have guys getting their bell rung, spitting out the mouthpiece to get a little extra time or sometimes you’re feeling a little tired, just spit your mouthpiece out. So obviously we can’t do that in the middle of an exchange.”
More so, Aldo was rumored to be re-matched with McGregor but it will be a non-title fight. Thou he wants a rematch, he doesn’t want to rush it.
“I can’t speak for others, and I don’t care what they say. I know I deserve an immediate rematch. People who say I don’t, I don’t care about them. The important is what the UFC thinks and what we think. We came to the conclusion that we’re having an immediate rematch.”
Aldo has already expressed his return to the octagon and is confident enough that he will redeem his lost glory. As for the rematch, Aldo wants it to be in a historic landmark in the UFC – which is UFC 200.
“I know I will win (the belt) again. I want to fight at UFC 200. It’s a historical edition, a great event. I would like to be part of it.”