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Jose Aldo Outlines Why He’s Moved on From Conor McGregor

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 212

Following his disastrous defeat to Conor McGregor in 2015, Jose Aldo campaigned hard for a rematch, but the featherweight champ has clearly moved on with his life.

Aldo faced McGregor at UFC 194, and was knocked out in just 13 seconds. Since the loss was Aldo’s first in ten years – just think about that for a second – and because of his lengthy reign as champ, he pushed for an immediate rematch. That didn’t happen, and then, after Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar last summer, once again, a rematch failed to materialize.

Well, fast forward to today, and Aldo is once again the 145 champ and he’s getting ready to fight Max Holloway on June 3rd. McGregor, meanwhile, is the lightweight champ and is hoping to box Floyd Mayweather next. Despite this, Aldo recently reported that he still gets asked all the time, if a rematch with McGregor will materialize (quote via MMA Fighting):

“Everybody still asks me if I want or if I don’t want (to fight him again). That’s not up to me. That’s up to the UFC, and we know it will never happen. I don’t even know if he will come back to fight. The UFC tried to do a (second) fight and he didn’t want it, didn’t accept it, because what happened will never happen again.”

“…I couldn’t care less what Conor does or doesn’t do,” Aldo said. “I’m a UFC fighter and I’m the best featherweight. I have to focus on training and evolving to defend my belt.”

At this juncture, it does seem very unlikely that we’ll ever see McGregor – Aldo II. If and when McGregor returns to the UFC, if he were to lose the 155 title, and Aldo’s still the champ at 145, then you never know. Maybe McGregor would look to reclaim that belt. But, at this point, we don’t even know if McGregor intends to ever defend the lightweight title.

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