UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be officially having his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August but questions remain regarding his return to the featherweight division where he will be defending his title.
In the nearing bout between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, there have been talks about the next opponent of Conor McGregor. The Irish fighter already said in the past months that he is not interested in returning to the featherweight. However, his decision might change if a fighter was already holding the UFC featherweight interim belt.
Jose Aldo became more aggressive than before to have his rematch against Conor McGregor. Recalling at UFC 194, it only took 13 seconds for the ‘The Notorious’ to defeat Aldo. Jose Aldo stated in an interview that he will not be retiring unless McGregor fights him again.
“No way,” the Brazilian said when asked about the possibility of retiring without fighting McGregor again. “Only if he stops fighting. As long as he’s in the UFC, this fight will happen. That’s a fact. We will get the belt back and be a champion again.
“We’ll move up. The UFC will do this fight. It doesn’t matter at which weight. I don’t care.”
Meanwhile, Frankie Edgar is also eyeing to fight Conor McGregor. He said that the UFC management should force the Irish fighter to defend his title.
“I think [McGregor] should have to defend it,” said Edgar in a recent interview with International Business Times (h/t Daily Star). “He got to go do what he wanted to do and go up a weight class, or do whatever. It didn’t work out for him, and he should have to come back and defend it.”
“But he calls the shots a little bit more than other guys, and I can’t hate him for wanting to get revenge and all that stuff. But of course it’s at my expense, so I’m looking at it a different way.”
There is no specific confirmation if Conor McGregor will return to the featherweight division. His decision will surely be affected by the result of Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 and his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
If ‘The Notorious’ will return, there is a higher possibility that he will be facing the UFC interim featherweight champion at UFC 205.
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