UFC fighter Jose Aldo said he will pursue Conor McGregor to the lightweight division after he defends the featherweight title, the belt Aldo claimed McGregor relinquished out of cowardice.
Aldo was subsequently made undisputed featherweight champion last weekend to allow the UFC to introduce another interim title for the UFC 206 main event between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis.
“It’s not my fault that he’s such a p*ssy he was never the champion,” Aldo told MMA Fighting, claiming the prospect of a fight with Aldo or Khabib Nurmagomedov was too tough for McGregor who chose to drop the belt instead.
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McGregor defeated Aldo in 13 seconds in December 2015 but has not defended the title since. Instead, he moved up a weight class to claim the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez, making him the first UFC fighter to hold two title belts simultaneously. This week he relinquished his featherweight title to allow for a title fight at UFC 206.
Aldo has pursued a rematch since his loss but has had his requests dismissed by McGregor, who claimed the prospect “bored” him.
Ahead of McGregor’s fight with Alvarez in New York this month Aldo said he no longer trusted UFC President Dana White who allowed McGregor to maintain the belt for so long despite not defending it.
The only way Jose Aldo will be able to get this Conor McGregor monkey off his back is to fight him at 155lbs. He’s a 145lbs paper champion.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) November 27, 2016
This stance seems to have changed as Aldo told UFC that he will now be able to choose his opponents, including McGregor. “First, I want to defend my title and then go after a fight with McGregor at lightweight,” he 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.”
Interesting little factoid, Jose Aldo has never won a UFC championship belt (excluding interim) he’s always been “promoted”.
— #TheKing (@Izi_Garcia) November 27, 2016
Aldo expects to defend his featherweight belt in either February or March after the interim belt bout at UFC 206 between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis is decided in Toronto on December 10.
29 November 2016 | 11:57 am