This evening, the most highly anticipated episode of The MMA Hour in some time was aired live on YouTube.
It was announced early on Monday morning that this week’s episode of The MMA Hour would include guests such as Holly Holm, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis, Herb Dean, and Conor McGregor’s movement coach, Ido Portal.
With UFC 196 approaching this weekend, the number of talking points for host Ariel Helwani were too many to list. However, the most eagerly anticipated guest was undoubtedly former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Having never once spoken on the MMA Hour (in over seven years) until this evening, many were very curious to know why the Brazilian had chosen this moment to make an appearance on the highly regarded show. However, with Aldo having been offered and subsequently refusing the chance to replace the injured Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 196, it didn’t take a clairvoyant to guess what the former champion would be talking about.
The interview began with a few warm up questions regarding UFC 194 and the aftermath of that loss. However it wasn’t long before Ariel Helwani got to the question that everyone was waiting for; why did he turn down the chance to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 196 this weekend?
“Any professional needs time to train,” Aldo said on The MMA Hour. “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.”
Neither Aldo nor the UFC has confirmed when the former champion will be back in action, however Aldo himself said tonight that he feels he deserves an immediate shot at the featherweight crown in his next fight.
“I can’t speak for others, and I don’t care what they say. I know I deserve an immediate rematch. People who say I don’t, I don’t care about them. The important thing is what the UFC thinks and what we think. We came to the conclusion that we’re having an immediate rematch (fight for the title).”
Asked if he would prefer a fight against Conor McGregor next or a shot at the belt he lost against another opponent, Aldo repeatedly stated that he did not care about the Irishman and all he wants is to regain the featherweight crown.
You can check out the full interview with Jose Aldo in the video below.
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