Conor McGregor is scheduled to face Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in a rematch of their UFC 196 bout, which the American fighter won.
Prior to the match being confirmed, several fighters have called out the Irishman for a clash for his UFC Featherweight Championship, including the likes of Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo.
However, for the time being, those title challenges have been put on hold until after UFC 200, and instead, they will compete against one another for the interim UFC Featherweight title, and the winner of that will go on to face McGregor at a later date.
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According to MMA Fighting, Aldo said during a media scrum at the Arnold Classic in Brazil that McGregor was using banned substances prior to his fight at UFC 196.
He said: ""The fight was not at featherweight. Why would I rematch him in a different weight class with no belt? Now, to make this fight at 155, where he was full of juice in his body, where he hides and nobody tests him, only when he gets to Las Vegas, a week before the fight, and then it’s way easier for you to clean the body and fight.
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"They offered the fight knowing that I wasn’t trained at all. I can’t say anything. I can train, beat Frankie Edgar and then know that I’ve earned my fight for the title again.
"We called and texted him every day (asking for the rematch) and nothing. There was no talk for a month. I waited for a call from Dana (White) for three weeks, and when he texted ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) I was doing a charity soccer match in Manaus, and he talked about replacing Rafael.
"He knew I wasn’t training because I was coming back from (medical) suspension. They already had in mind who to put against Conor. That’s the path they try to follow, and it’s kind of dirty to me. There’s no negotiation. We ask, and not always we get a response. When they respond is like that, and then they say they love us. It’s a bit weird. But what can I do?"
Aldo also mentioned that he believes McGregor is receiving special treatment from the UFC, and that he doesn't think the Irishman will stay at 155 pounds a little longer.
Without any sort of evidence to back the claim up, it's a big accusation to accuse someone of cheating. Ultimately, without the evidence, it sounds more like jealousy by Aldo's part, or this is his way to try and get into McGregor's head before a potential title fight.
We'll have to wait until after UFC 200 to see if this rematch of UFC 194, where Aldo originally lost the UFC Featherweight Championship to McGregor, will ever take place.
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