Conor McGregor fans and other piled on Jose Aldo when he passed on the chance to rematch his rival at UFC 196, and the former champ is firing back.
After Rafael dos Anjos went down with a broken foot, the UFC called Aldo’s camp to see if he was interested in facing McGregor on March 5th. Aldo turned it down, and reported that he hadn’t been training.
Well, that didn’t sit well with some folks, most McGregor boosters, and Aldo has taken some heat in recent weeks. Recently Aldo spoke to the media in Brazil, and while doing so, he said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“The fight was not at featherweight. Why would I rematch him in a different weight class with no belt?” Aldo said. “Now, to make this fight at 155, where he was full of juice in his body, where he hides and nobody tests him, only when he gets to Las Vegas, a week before the fight, and then it’s way easier for you to clean the body and fight. They offered the fight knowing that I wasn’t trained at all. I can’t say anything. I can train, beat Frankie Edgar and then know that I’ve earned my fight for the title again…”
That’s quite the accusation to level against McGregor, who it should be noted, has never tested positive for PEDs. So, the Irish star’s fans certainly aren’t going to give Aldo a pass now.
That accusation aside, it’s not surprising that Aldo turned down the fight. He was KO’d in December, hadn’t been training, and he’s right, he would have been facing McGregor at 155. So, the cards weren’t exactly stacked in his favor.
Aldo is booked to face Frankie Edgar for the interim 145 title at UFC 200 on July 9th. McGregor will rematch Nate Diaz that same night.