Jose Aldo was making headlines in the featherweight division until Conor McGregor knocked him down in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 last December.
While he is no longer the champion, Aldo feels like he is still the top man in the division and is fine with his match with Frankie Edgar for the interim title at UFC 200 this coming July at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz was booked for UFC 200 at the same time that Aldo’s rematch with Edgar was also announced.
In a report that was published on Yahoo Sports, UFC President Dana White revealed that win, lose, or draw, McGregor would have an immediate rematch against the winner of the Aldo – Edgar match for the full featherweight title.
Aldo revealed that he wanted to fight for the title but it did not turn out the way he planned. However, he was fine with the way it turned out.
“I still feel like I’m the champion. It was a lucky shot that connected and I’m still the champ,” Aldo said in an interview. “Right now, this fight that is happening. I feel it makes both parties happy,”
Aldo sent out a tweet minutes after McGregor lost to Diaz which was interpreted by many, including McGregor, as Aldo celebrating Diaz’s win. He denied that he was celebrating the loss and said that it was just acknowledging what was inevitable.
“I knew that was going to happen. That’s what happens when you go up two weight classes and you fight a guy who is bigger and better than you.” Aldo explained. “He should stay in the lighter weight division if he wants to win anything. But it wasn’t celebrating I just knew he was going to lose.”
Aldo also echoed the comment of Nate Diaz that the UFC is coddling and giving McGregor preferential treatment.
“It’s not that I feel the same way as Diaz does, because it’s just the truth. That’s what is going on I guess they think McGregor brings them a good return,” Aldo said. “They’re treating him very differently but to me it doesn’t matter. I’m doing my own thing and I’ll get the title back.”