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UFC 196: Jose Aldo Defends Decision to Not Fight Conor McGregor

Kelsey Mowatt

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Jose Aldo took some heat for electing to not fight Conor McGregor again at UFC 196, and the former featherweight champ is standing by his decision. Rightfully so.

As you know, recently the opportunity to rematch McGregor arose, after Rafael dos Anjos went down with a broken foot. McGregor was scheduled to fight the lightweight champ on March 5th. According to reports, the UFC looked at several possibilities as a replacement, including Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz. They went with the latter.

Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, reported that since Aldo isn’t in fighting shape, the Brazilian star had to turn down the offer. Some Aldo critics / haters took the opportunity to pile on the former champ. Well, recently Aldo appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and he had this to say about the situation (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“Any professional needs time to train,” Aldo said. “It’s not a cockfight where I go there and put my rooster to fight. It’s a high-level sport, I’m going there to do my job. When I have time to train, it can happen at any time, anywhere.”

Yup. Hard to argue with Aldo here. Considering how pivotal a fight it will be if and when Aldo meets McGregor again, it’s completely understandable that he wouldn’t want to face him in these circumstances. Especially when McGregor was training for a fight with RDA and had several weeks of a full out camp behind him.

Further, as even McGregor acknowledged, Aldo should take some time off and heal. The renowned fighter was KO’d at UFC 194, and knowing what we do now about head trauma, why rush back?

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