As we reported last week, it has been revealed that the UFC are putting plans in place to have Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz square off again in a rematch at UFC 200, potentially the biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Seeing that McGregor vs Diaz 1 was the second highest-selling show in the history of the company, you can see why Dana White and co are being quick to organize round two and maximise on the hype that the two have created.
As McGregor tries to seek his revenge against Diaz, however, he is leaving the UFC Featherweight title that he holds hostage, not defending it now for the second straight time. And that is making the other fighters at 145lbs angry, including Jose Aldo.
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It looks like the former longtime champion Aldo has tried to goad McGregor into making a come back to the division by slating the Irish fighter in a recent interview, bringing up his embarrassing loss to Diaz, who had been on holiday in Mexico two weeks before the fight.
"You will come back [to featherweight] with your tail between your legs after what happened, after that embarrassment," Aldo told the Brazilian media outlet Esporte Espectacular, via MMA Fighting.
Aldo taunted McGregor, saying when he finally decides to return to the defend the title, the Brazilian will be there - ready to knock him out and hand McGregor the second loss of his UFC career.
"You will come back. My hand almost caught you, but when it does for good, you will sleep."
McGregor started well against Diaz, clearly winning the first round and looking comfortable in the second. Then he got caught by a good punch from the American fighter and McGregor was dazed. From there Diaz took control, seeing the whites of McGregor's eyes and attacking, eventually making the Irish star tap to a rear-naked choke.
McGregor's A Kitten
Aldo made sure to give his thoughts on that.
"He’s a lion when he’s attacking, but a kitten when he’s getting beat up," Aldo said. "Everybody saw in his eyes that he’s just a p---- that quits when he’s getting beat up. That’s what we saw."
With Aldo currently having nothing to do at UFC 200, he has said that the real fight the world wants to see is him taking on McGregor again and the two finally going at it for more than 13 seconds.
"I’m waiting for the rematch," he said. "It’s the right thing to do in my opinion because there was no fight, and everybody wants to see a fight."
"Everybody wants to see me beating him up, and that’s what I’m going to do. I will run through him, that’s a fact. I don’t see other scenario in my head besides going there and winning, and getting my belt back."
Aldo is confident he'll win the Featherweight title back, but it is anyone's guess as to when it will happen