There’s been a lot of back and forth discussion on the UFC’s decision to relinquish Conor McGregor of the featherweight championship, and hand it back to Jose Aldo.
This move also resulted in a huge change for the UFC 206 main event, with Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson now off the card, Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will do battle for the interim crown.
NEW FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION
Not everyone is a fan of the fact that the title was handed to Aldo, rather than having to fight for it.
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Nevertheless, when speaking to Planeta SporTV, the Brazilian revealed he always knew the title would come back to him, and knew that the Notorious would drop it.
He said: “I was always the champion, and will always be as long as I’m in the featherweight division.
“No matter what happens, I will always be the champion. I had no doubt about it. The moment I lost, I knew the belt would be mine. It was a matter of time. It’s not the way I wanted, but I’m happy because I know I’m the champion.
“That was a fact I knew would happen, that he would drop a belt, my belt, or the lightweight.
“It’s a tough fight for him at lightweight, with Khabib (Nurmagomedov), or a rematch with me, so he preferred to drop mine (belt). No problem.”
Aldo went on to further hit out at the Irishman when speaking to the UFC, calling McGregor a p***y for never defending the featherweight crown he won in 13 seconds last year.
He said: “I knew that would happen. To me, I never stopped being champion. I lost that fight because of an accident.
“I knew that I would win a rematch, that I would be champion again. It’s not my fault that he’s such a p***y he was never the champion. I don’t see myself losing to anyone in this division or any other (division).”
Aldo now must turn his attention to the winner of Showtime and Blessed, and has revealed his plan to defend his title, before chasing McGregor at lightweight to avenge his only loss in the Octagon.
He added: “First, I want to defend my title, and then go after a fight with him (at lightweight).
“Just like Dana (White) said, we can choose who we want to fight, so I want to fight him. That’s what will happen.”
Assuming he gets past Holloway or Pettis unscathed, he may be joining a long line of fighters that are already targeting a bout with McGregor upon his speculated return in summer 2017.
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