Jose Aldo’s storied reign as featherweight champ officially came to an end at UFC 194 in December, but the Brazilian star clearly hasn’t let the stunning defeat ruin his confidence.
Aldo was bombed out by his rival Conor McGregor in just 13 seconds at the event, which was the fighter’s first defeat since 2005. Due to the fact the highly anticipated fight was so quick, and because of Aldo’s resume, the dynamic fighter campaigned for an immediate rematch with McGregor. The UFC didn’t go that route, however, and now Aldo will rematch Frankie Edgar for the interim belt on July 9th.
The former champ was asked to weigh-in on his upcoming bout with Edgar this past weekend at UFC 198, and while doing so, Aldo said the following (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“(Wrestling is) his strongpoint,” Aldo said. “That’s his strength, and it’s what he’s going to try to do. There’s no way. If he stands with me, he’s going to go down.
“In my mind, I still haven’t lost the belt. Obviously, this is another step, and by beating Frankie Edgar I’ll get the belt back.”
Now sure, a comment like this will almost certainly get bantered about by McGregor fans. But, when you consider what Aldo has accomplished, it wouldn’t be shocking at all if he truly believes he just got caught by McGregor.
Before he can get his rematch, however, he’ll have to get by Edgar. It will be interesting to see how their second bout unfolds. Aldo won their 2013 encounter by unanimous decision.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.