Has Jose Aldo finally given up on the prospect of a rematch with Conor McGregor? It looks like it…
Ever since UFC 194 back in December 2015, where “The Notorious” sent Aldo crashing to the canvas with the most precise of counter left crosses before finishing his unconscious opponent off with a couple of lethal hammer fists in a bout lasting no longer than a mere 13 seconds, crowning a new undisputed UFC featherweight champion, the Brazilian has been viscously campaigning for a redemption shot. At times, Aldo’s persistent approach and the cry-baby manner of his pursuit of his arch nemesis has bordered on the ridiculous.
When Rafael dos Anjos withdrew from his UFC 196 lightweight title bout with McGregor just ten days prior to the event, the search for a short-notice replacement opponent for the Irishman began. Aldo was the first man Dana White and his matchmakers called. Having previously tweeted stating he would fight Conor “any time, any place,” the ex-kingpin of the 145 lbs division turned down the opportunity to fight him and waited until McGregor was submitted by Nate Diaz in the second round to tweet this:
— Jose Aldo Junior (@josealdojunior) March 6, 2016
While McGregor went on to avenge his loss in a rematch with Diaz at UFC 202 and proceeded to secure his second world title in the promotion at UFC 205 when outclassing Eddie Alvarez to be crowned the 155 lb champ, “Scarface” grew all the more vocal.
It seemed as though Aldo was going to whine and throw his toys out of the pram until he got his coveted rematch, a tactic that tarnished the future UFC Hall Of Famer’s reputation within MMA circles. He even threatened to retire, and rather unbelievably, to throw a fight in attempts to convince the UFC brass to square him off with Conor in the octagon again.
Now, with the 145 lb champ preparing for another title unification bout, this time with Max Holloway at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro on June 3rd, and the Dubliner in preparation for his highly touted boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, Aldo has given his clearest indication yet that he has finally gotten his head around the fact that his rematch ship with the only man to beat him in the UFC has all but sailed.
Speaking on a conference call ahead of his hometown throw-down with interim champion, Holloway, the 30-year-old explained when asked about McGregor:
“Conor was good for one side, let’s say, because he brought more attention to the division and to myself. On another side, to talk about the fight, man, that’s in the past.
“Everybody still asks me if I want or if I don’t want (to fight Conor again). That’s not up to me.
“That’s up to the UFC, and we know it will never happen. I don’t even know if he will come back to fight. The UFC tried to do a (second) fight and he didn’t want it, didn’t accept it, because what happened will never happen again.”
Aldo rebounded from his emphatic loss to the Dubliner with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, and when McGregor fled the division to pursue other ventures and challenges, forced to vacate his 145 lbs belt, Aldo was re-crowned the featherweight champion.
It appears from here on out, he has given up the ghost on the prospect of getting a second crack at the current lightweight champion and is only looking forward.
“I couldn’t care less what Conor does or doesn’t do,” Jose stated.
“I’m a UFC fighter and I’m the best featherweight. I have to focus on training and evolving to defend my belt.”
Hat Tip: MMAFighting.com
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