Nobody enjoyed Conor McGregor’s loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 more than Jose Aldo.
The Brazilian, who lost his featherweight title to McGregor at UFC 194 in December, continued the pair’s bad blood by claiming the Irishman’s “Cinderella fantasy is over” following his first loss in the UFC.
McGregor had stepped up a weight class to face Diaz but admitted after the fight he will go back down to featherweight to defend his title.
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And a rematch with Aldo, possibly at UFC 200 in July, seems inevitable. Aldo was offered the chance to replace McGregor’s original opponent for UFC 196, Rafael dos Anjos, who withdrew through a broken foot, but the 29-year-old wasn’t in shape to take the fight on 11 days notice.
He is eager to avenge December’s defeat, though. Aldo posted on his Facebook page after the McGregor-Diaz fight: “Conor McGregor I’ll see you at #UFC200, your Cinderella fantasy is over. Nowhere to run to now- you’re gonna have to give me my rematch, you p***y!!”
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McGregor, nicknamed the Notorious, stunned the UFC world when he beat Aldo in 13 seconds. The former champion hadn’t lost a fight for 10 years before the popular Irishman knocked him out.
As is often the case with McGregor’s fights, the build-up was marred by a war of words and Aldo clearly hasn’t forgotten the Notorious’ antics.
He was clearly riled when the Dubliner snatched his champions belt at a media tour event last March.
Diaz has set the blueprint for beating McGregor. After taking a barrage of hits in the first round, the American recovered to beat the 27-year-old by submission.