Jose Aldo lost to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 within 13 seconds into the match sending shock waves across the MMA world. It truly was a blink and you miss fight. But it looks like Aldo is not yet done with McGregor for he believes he “will beat him” in their next match, whenever that happens.
However, it is unlikely that they will meet soon for McGregor is all set to fight Rafael dos Anjos next at UFC 197, leaving Aldo’s future uncertain.
The Brazilian says that he was promised a title shot at the 145 pound belt by UFC President Dana White moments after his loss, however, tables soon turned to McGegor’s favour.
MMA Fighting reports that in an interview to PVT, Aldo made the new revelations. “Right after the fight, Dana went to the locker room and told us our next fight would be against Frankie Edgar for the belt, because Conor would move up for the lightweight division since he couldn’t cut weight anymore,” Aldo told PVT.
“I want a rematch with (McGregor), of course, especially because there was no fight,” he added. “None of us fought, it was just a punch that he was able to connect and won the fight. Okay, congratulations, but it wasn’t what everyone expected. But I don’t live focused on that, I’m focused on the future.”
“If it’s a rematch or a title fight, it doesn’t matter, but, of course, one day we will fight again, and I know I will beat him, I know I can do it. My next step, like I said, I can’t see other fight, and I won’t accept another fight if it’s not for the belt.”
Aldo also revealed that as per their contract the winner would have to abandon the featherweight belt if he fights at lightweight: “When we signed the contract, the intention was that the winner would fight at lightweight, but we would need to abandon the featherweight belt,” he said.
“That was the plan, that’s what they told us. If we fought at lightweight, win or lose, and then had the opportunity to fight at featherweight again, it would be for the title immediately.”
Aldo infact reiterates Frankie Edgar’s recent statement that McGregor is calling the shots at UFC.
“I think they gave him too much power, let him grow a lot, and he’s playing now, calling the shots more than the others,” Aldo said. “I think that’s wrong, no one ever did that. It doesn’t matter if it’s about money or not at this point, what matters is show who calls the shots, who’s the boss, and not just a piece of s–t talking about things you see. He doesn’t deserve to be where he is. I’ve always respected all the merits, but he had more luck than merits.”