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Why The Interim UFC Title ‘Means Nothing’ To Jose Aldo

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 25: Jose Aldo of Brazil celebrates after his unanimous-decision victory over Chad Mendes fo the United States in their featherweight championship bout during the UFC 179 event at Maracanazinho on October 25, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Jose Aldo has been more vocal since his loss to Conor McGregor, than he ever was as a champion for the last six years.

From spitting a tirade of abuse towards McGregor and the UFC brass to voicing his opinion on the UFC putting business decisions ahead of matchmaking decisions. In his latest chirp, Aldo has told MMAFighting.com that he holds no value in the Interim UFC Belt.

In the build up to UFC 189 Aldo first voiced his opinion on the interim title, as it came into play when he was forced to pull out of his initial bout with McGregor due to a broken rib. The Notorious was set to fight Chad Mendes on short notice for the interim featherweight title and Aldo had his say before the fight, as to what he thought of the title.

“If he beats Chad Mendes, the only thing he will have is a toy belt to show his drunk friends in his country’s bars, because that’s what an interim belt represents to me: a toy. I am the champion,” Aldo told MMAFighting.com at the time.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 23:  Jose Aldo holds an open training session for media  at Maracana Stadium on October 23, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

It seems he has remained steadfast in his opinion, as the interim title comes into play again at UFC 200. Aldo will be facing Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar, and even though it is now Scarface himself who fights for the belt Aldo told MMAFighting.com:

“Interim belt is made for media and fans, not for me. I want the undisputed belt. I respect Frankie Edgar, but I’ll get there and win.”

It is unprecedented that the interim title would be introduced twice in under twelve months in the same division, especially since Aldo himself has held up the division for over twelve months on two occasions through inactivity.

Trying their best to keep the featherweight division relevant in the absence of McGregor though, the UFC has done just that and it could set up the most unlikely and unique rematch in UFC history if Aldo were to win: champion Aldo defends his belt against interim champion McGregor. McGregor topples the champion. A year or so later, champion McGregor defends his belt against interim champion Aldo.

Paul O’Dea, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.