Aldo Plans to Chase McGregor at Lightweight
When Conor McGregor was stripped of his featherweight belt, Jose Aldo learned that he was once again the champion. Understanding the hollow nature of his promotion, Aldo says his main priority remains a rematch against the only man to beat him in the UFC.
The upcoming featherweight bout between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway was made into an interim title fight when it was promoted to the main event of UFC 206. Theoretically, the winner will face Aldo, who has been gunning for a rematch against McGregor since his loss at UFC 194.
"I was always the champion and will always be as long as I’m in the featherweight division," Aldo told Brazilian TV show Planeta SporTV (per MMAFighting). "No matter what happens, I will always be the champion. I had no doubt about it. The moment I lost, I knew the belt would be mine. It was a matter of time. It’s not the way I wanted, but I’m happy because I know I’m the champion."
"That was a fact I knew would happen, that he would drop a belt, my belt or the lightweight," he said. "It’s a tough fight for him at lightweight, with Khabib (Nurmagomedov), or a rematch with me, so he preferred to drop mine (belt). No problem."
After UFC 194, Aldo said that his loss to McGregor was a fluke, and that a rematch would have a very different result. Nearly a year later, his belief has not changed.
"I knew that would happen," Aldo said. "To me, I never stopped being champion. I lost that fight because of an accident. I knew that I would win a rematch, that I would be champion again. It’s not my fault that he’s such a pu–y he was never the champion. I don’t see myself losing to anyone in this division or any other (division)."
As for his next step, Aldo says he will take care of the Holloway vs. Pettis winner, and then he will follow McGregor up to lightweight if he has to. Division and belts aside, Aldo cares more about avenging his loss than anything else in the MMA game.
"First, I want to defend my title, and then go after a fight with him (at lightweight)," Aldo said. "Just like Dana (White) said, we can choose who we want to fight, so I want to fight him. That’s what will happen."