Conor McGregor doesn’t seem too interested in giving Jose Aldo a rematch for the UFC featherweight championship after knocking the Brazilian out in 13 seconds last year.
Up until that loss, he hadn’t lost in almost a decade, and for someone who has been so dominant in the sport, many believed it was unfair that he was overlooked yet again as the Irishman went ahead to confirm a lightweight title clash with Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
MCGREGOR FEARS ALDO
The move meant Aldo remains the interim featherweight champion, while McGregor is yet to make a defence of the full title.
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However, despite claims from Notorious that Aldo wants to leave the UFC to avoid a rematch, mixed martial arts legend Wanderlei Silva claims it’s the other way round.
He told Combate that it’s McGregor who fears Aldo and he also wants his fellow countryman to think carefully before going ahead with his claims that he’ll leave the UFC.
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He said: “McGregor fears Aldo, which is understandable.
“I would be scared, too. Aldo is hands down the best fighter in the division, and you can’t just mess with someone like that.
“When you mess with a fighter like that, it’s not about money anymore. My Dad used to say you don’t mess with a man, so don’t mess with Aldo. If you want his fans and his show, you need to respect him and not make empty promises.
ADVICE FOR ALDO
“But if I could give Aldo a piece of advice today, it would be for him to calm down and think about his fans. He’s still very young and has 10, 12 fights left in him, and he can’t leave his fans, like me, without that fight and many others he can still have.
“Besides, he can still bring a lot of joy to our country.”
Aldo is one of many that wants McGregor inside of the Octagon, with Jeremy Stephens, Max Holloway and Donald Cerrone just three that have called the Irishman out in recent weeks.
It will be clearer which direction McGregor is going in following UFC 205. If he wins, he could vacate the featherweight title to focus on the lightweight division after president Dana White reiterated that one of the titles will have to be vacated,
Regardless of what happens, McGregor probably won’t be focusing too much on Aldo right now as he prepares for Alvarez, while Aldo continues an entirely different battle with the UFC.
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