On Saturday, after almost a year of agony, Jose Aldo regained the UFC featherweight title in rather unceremonious fashion.
The Brazilian scooped an interim featherweight strap when he won a five-round decision over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July, but he was promoted to undisputed champion after his one-time conqueror Conor McGregor either “relinquished” or was stripped of the title.
“I knew that would happen,” Aldo said of the development during an interview with the UFC website in Brazil(via MMAFighting). “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 pussy. He was never the champion. I don’t see myself losing to anyone in this division or any other (division).”
However, only hours on from the announcement that he would be reinstated as 145-pound ruler, Aldo also confirmed that his sights are set on the 155-pound division and a rematch with his ‘Notorious’ old foe.
“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.”
That defence will almost certainly come against the winner of the UFC 206 main event between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway, a bout which was declared an interim featherweight title bout after Aldo’s championship status improved.
“I don’t see any problem. I’ll be prepared for whoever wins,” said the South American ‘Scarface’. “Pettis has a bigger name, of course, was a champion before, so it would be a bigger fight. But if it’s the other one, no problem, I’ll win no matter what.”
Holloway is currently riding a nine-fight winning-streak that began after an August 2013 defeat to McGregor, while former lightweight champion Pettis is hoping to build on a victory over Charles Oliveira in his featherweight debut. That win snapped a three-fight skid that occurred up at 155lbs.