Jose Aldo spoke with Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate on Sunday, and unsurprisingly the now former champion was still struggling to come to terms with his brief but brutal defeat at the powerful hands of Conor McGregor at UFC 194.
“It still is too hard to digest”, said Aldo. “We trained hard, did everything right, and the result wasn’t positive. It takes a while for us to digest, but it’s part (of the sport). It’s a sport and we have to accept.” (Translation courtesy of MMAFighting)
Speaking about the fight itself, Aldo gave an assessment that may seem like sour grapes, and is sure to draw the ire of many a Conor McGregor fan.
“So, there wasn’t even a fight, right? Only 13 seconds”, said the Brazilian.“And I also remember when I came in, how I tried to punch. But, man, it’s hard to know if it’s (his) success or (my) mistake. It’s a quick decision, and he was able to connect a good punch when I tried a combination.”
Hearing Aldo question whether or not his rashness or Conor’s skill was responsible for his demise is interesting. Perhaps the South American “Scarface” has no choice but to think about the fight in those terms. If he blames himself and a silly mistake, then he can continue to think of himself as the better man. If he admits to himself that it was entirely down to the skill of the new champion, clinging to the idea of his superiority is much harder to do.
Of course the truth of that punch lies very much in the middle. Aldo made a mistake, and he got punished by the skill of the Dublin native.
Aldo then moved on to talk of a rematch.
“We spoke (with Dana White) right after. But I think it’s too soon to talk. Of course, I want a rematch, and I think I have this right. Not only me, but my career speaks for itself”.
While Jose may deserve a second shot at besting McGregor, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. The Irishman seems intent on a move into the lightweight title picture, and if he is to stay at 145lbs, Frankie Edgar has been promised the next shot at the featherweight gold.
Even if his chance at redemption doesn’t come as soon as he might hope, Aldo expressed his confidence that he would one day gain revenge over the man who ended his lengthy stranglehold on the UFC featherweight division.
“It wasn’t this time, but we will come out victorious, for sure”.
“You can be sure that we will come back stronger, more champion than I was before”.