It’s been more than a month since Jose Aldo had his shocking 13 second KO loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 and it’s probably safe to say by now that the dust has cleared, at least from Aldo’s side.
The last memorable image we saw of the former UFC featherweight champion and #1 Pound for Pound Fighter was that of an inconsolable child inside his locker room:
Prior to that stunning defeat though, Aldo was on top of the world. He went unbeaten for a decade (2005-2015), winning 18 fights in a row including 10 title bouts and 9 title defenses. He was Sherdog’s 2009 Fighter of The Year, the last WEC Featherweight champion and the only Featherweight champion in UFC history until McGregor took everything away from him with a single punch that was heard all over the world:
But Aldo’s reign as Featherweight King was hounded with controversy as it was flooded with success. Junior has fought just a total of 8 times since being absorbed by the UFC in the WEC merger. During that period, he’s pulled out of a fight five times due to injury. The last of those instances was during his aborted UFC 189 bout with Conor McGregor where Jose Aldo begged off due to a rib injury which nobody except his team and his fans believed. Prior to pulling out of that July 2015 bout with McGregor, Aldo was involved in a controversial out-of-competition drug test administered in Brazil. That test came out clean but Aldo has been criticized the more.
The McGregor Fight finally happened at UFC 194 and even up to the introduction of the fighters, controversy followed Aldo after commentator Joe Rogan “accidentally” left his mic open and uttered words that alluded to Aldo being on PEDs. Rogan has since apologized for that incident but Aldo’s reputation has been besmirched the more. Through it all, Aldo has remained low-key and most of the time silent. But with McGregor grabbing all the headlines with his attempt to become the third man to win two weight division titles in the UFC, the Nova Uniao standout has spoken.
Check out the next page for what Aldo had to say to the UFC and to the rest of the MMA world.
Here’s what Aldo said via his instagram page:
Fala galera, estava quieto até agora porque da maneira que a luta aconteceu eu já estava me preparando nos treinos pois tinha certeza que teria a revanche imediata. Porém Acho que me enganei. Então queria deixar bem claro para o @UFC que não aceito nenhuma luta que não seja pelo cinturão, por tudo que eu fiz nesses 8 anos , por tudo que eu aceitei e pela forma que a luta acabou. A única exceção seria uma luta a qualquer momento, em qualquer lugar e já que ele está com medo de me devolver o cinturão, não precisa ser pelo cinturão…@thenotoriousmma Espero que que vocês também cumpram a palavra de vocês @danawhiteufc @lorenzofertitta pois ainda acredito na empresa que trabalho. #rematch Hi everyone, i was quiet for a while because i was waiting for my rematch based on how the fight Went down, in fact I was already training for it, but apparently I was wrong. So I wanted to make something clear to UFC: for everything I have done, everything I have accepted and mostly how the fight ended, I will not accept any other fight other than a title shot . My only exception would be fighting thenotorious , at any time, anywhere , and once that he is afraid and knows that I'm gonna win …. Doesn't have to be title fight against him. Keep my belt, but I wanna whoop ur ass anywhere. @danawhite @lorenzofertitta @ufc keep ur word. I still believe in the company that I work for. #rematch
Do you think the UFC will book an immediate rematch with Aldo after McGregor is finished fighting RDA at UFC 197? Or will they finally give Frankie Edgar his long overdue title shot?