Having suffered an embarrassing loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 last year, Jose Aldo hasn’t stopped obsessing about a rematch with the Irishman ever since.
Unfortunately for Aldo however, unlike the immediate rematch Conor McGregor was able to book after his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, another shot at the ‘Notorious’ remains elusive.
Having been undefeated for over a decade prior to his 13 second knockout loss back in December of 2015, Aldo believes that the minimum he deserves is a chance to take on the SBG man again. However, with McGregor having now relinquished his featherweight title, that possibility currently seems less likely than ever.
However, speaking to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, Jose Aldo explained how he now plans to finally get his rematch by moving up to 155. In fact, the 30-year-old even claimed that the UFC will soon announce a bout for an interim lightweight belt in the near future.
Whether that comes to pass or not remains to be seen. However, in the very same interview, the Brazilian told an incredible story of just how close he came to getting his rematch very recently.
The night before Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez was announced for UFC 205, the featherweight champion went to bed believing that the promotion were instead going to announce his rematch with the Irishman.
As it transpired, the Brazilian was in for a rude awakening.
Have you tried to convince the UFC to make the McGregor rematch recently, and if so, are you confident it will happen soon?
The first thing we did after my fight with McGregor was ask for the rematch, and it should have happened. We’ve tried to make that fight a lot of times, as has the UFC. When I sat down with Dana, and explained to him all the reasons why I was frustrated as a fighter, he said to me, ‘I’ve tried to make the fight. [Conor] doesn’t want to fight you. I can’t force [Conor] to fight you. You and I, Jose, we want this rematch to happen. But he’s not saying yes.’ We’ve been trying, but the problem isn’t on my side of the equation. Conor is two-faced and he doesn’t want to fight me. He wants to talk a big game to the press. He doesn’t to step up and take the fights to prove he’s a real champion.
I went to bed one night believing the UFC was going to announce my rematch with Conor McGregor and I woke up to read the news that they booked Eddie Alvarez instead. My conversations with the UFC were, ‘It’s happening. We’re booking it.’ And then literally overnight something changed without my participation. The bottom line is, Conor doesn’t want to fight me. There’s nothing else I can do. I don’t think there’s anything else the UFC can do. If he keeps saying no and keeps running away, he’s going to keep running away. He’s a clown.
Given the fact that Jose Aldo announced his retirement immediately after McGregor’s fight with Eddie Alvarez was confirmed, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why.