UFC: Jose Aldo wants rematch with ‘coward’ Conor McGregor

Brazilian wants to fight Irishman at lightweight division now McGregor has relinquished his featherweight title

Jose Aldo, the man who lost his UFC featherweight title when he was knocked out by Conor McGregor inside 13 seconds, wants another shot at the Irishman because he lost his crown by accident.

The 30-year-old Brazilian said of McGregor: Its not my fault that hes a coward. He was never the champion.

The UFC announced over the weekend that McGregor was vacating the featherweight title he won by beating Aldo in December, ending his spell as a two-division champion. McGregor never defended the belt, which means Aldo reclaims the title but Aldo said he wouldnt be satisfied without a rematch.

The Brazilian said: I knew for certain that this would happen [McGregor giving up his belt]. In my opinion, I never stopped being the champion. I lost that fight because of an accident.

Aldo, speaking in Portuguese, told UFC: I knew that I would win a rematch and would become champion again. Its not my fault that hes a coward. He was never the champion. I dont see myself losing to anyone in my weight class or any other one.

McGregor remains the lightweight title holder. But Aldo said he is happy to move up to the 155lb class for a rematch.

Its logical that I give a lot of thought to that rematch, and its a certainty that it will happen, he said. But I want to defend my [featherweight] belt first. Then I can start preparing to face McGregor [at lightweight].

Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200 in July. Before he can get a rematch with McGregor, he will most likely fight Max Holloway or Anthony Pettis to unify the featherweight championship.

Holloway and Pettis square off at UFC 206 in Toronto on 10 December.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/29/jose-aldo-ufc-rematch-conor-mcgregor