Jose Aldo has just said what pretty much every MMA fan is thinking about Conor McGregor right now…
Having entered the Octagon on four occasions in less than 12 months between UFC 194 and UFC 205, MMA fans have now been waiting for Conor McGregor to make a return to MMA for over a year.
It had been suggested for some time that the ‘Notorious’ Dubliner would defend his lightweight title at UFC 219 at the end of the year, however, that prospect is now dead in the water and fans are once again unsure if the Irishman will ever make his return to the UFC.
Having lost his featherweight title to Max Holloway earlier this year, Jose Aldo has been granted a rematch and will once again fight for the 145 lbs belt at UFC 218 next weekend.
Speaking about the opportunity he has been afforded in such a short period of time, Aldo stated that he ‘thanks God’ that his division is moving and that a champion like McGregor is not holding the belt hostage.
“Thank God my division is moving. It would be bad if it was stuck, but my division is moving,” Aldo said. “It’s hard, right? Every athlete dreams of becoming champion, fighting for the title, and the guy [McGregor] is holding up the division. But it’s up to the UFC to make the decisions.
“The UFC needs to do what has to be done: you take the belt away or make him defend it. I think everyone is waiting for that.”
Speaking to MMA Fighting, Aldo also stated that time is now closing in on the ‘Notorious’ and that soon, he will surely have to defend his belt or surrender it.
“Yes, this time is coming,” Aldo said, “He has to defend it, has to put his belt on the line in order to become champion. He only won the title. For me, Ferguson has great possibilities of becoming champion in the future.”