Aldo: McGregor Rematch Will Never Happen
Prior to December of 2015, Jose Aldo was the only featherweight champion in UFC history and had not tasted defeat in over a decade. That all came crumbling down in 13 seconds, as McGregor flattened Aldo with one punch and ended the Brazilian’s championship reign.
Since then, McGregor has moved on from the 145 lb. division and Aldo now once again holds the title. But the rematch with his Irish rival has always been on Aldo’s mind, and was the one goal he was chasing for much of last year.
Now, with a unification fight with Max Holloway looming, Aldo has given up on the idea that he will get to face McGregor again.
"Everybody says things today that I don’t even understand why,” Aldo said on the UFC 212 media conference call. "Conor was good for one side, let’s say, because he brought more attention to the division and to myself. On another side, to talk about the fight, man, that’s in the past.
"Everybody still asks me if I want or if I don’t want (to fight him again). That’s not up to me. That’s up to the UFC, and we know it will never happen. I don’t even know if he will come back to fight. The UFC tried to do a (second) fight and he didn’t want it, didn’t accept it, because what happened will never happen again.”
After he won the interim belt from Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, Aldo chased a rematch with McGregor, who then still remained the division’s champion. When McGregor’s title was vacated and Aldo was promoted to undisputed champion again, he recognized that the rematch he was seeking would maybe never come to fruition.
"I couldn’t care less what Conor does or doesn’t do,” Aldo said. "I’m a UFC fighter and I’m the best featherweight. I have to focus on training and evolving to defend my belt.”