If you thought all the talk regarding Conor McGregor – Jose Aldo II would go away, now that the Irish star is no longer featherweight champ, well, clearly that’s not the case.
As you’ve likely heard by now, on Saturday the UFC announced that McGregor has”relinquished” the featherweight title to focus on his lightweight championship (although it isn’t clear yet if McGregor in fact voluntarily agreed to give up the belt). As a result, the December 10th bout between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will be for the interim 145 title. Aldo, who was the interim champ, has been reinstated as the undisputed champion…
For months, Aldo campaigned for a rematch with McGregor, who ended his storied reign last December by quickly knocking him out. Although it looks like McGregor’s run at 145 has ended, Aldo is still hoping to throw down with his rival. Recently he told the UFC’s Brazilian site the following (quote / translation via MMA Fighting.com):
“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).”
“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.”
Could that happen? Maybe. Although it likely depends on what’s going on with the lightweight division at the time. McGregor isn’t expected to fight again until next May or June, and it remains to be see who he’ll face in his first title defense. Chances are it will be either Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov.