Aldo Edges Closer to McGregor Rematch
Jose Aldo’s star, ever on the rise, got hit by a nuclear explosion back at UFC 194 when the featherweight champ was knocked out in just 13 seconds by Conor McGregor.
The diminutive Brazilian has been chomping at the bit for a rematch ever since. But McGregor has gone onto bigger things, literally, moving up to lightweight and capturing the title in that weight class as well.
Aldo is once again the undisputed featherweight champ in name. He beat Frankie Edgar for the interim belt at UFC 200 in July, and the promotion later removed the interim tag due to McGregor’s inactivity in the weight-class. But Aldo sure can’t feel like the undisputed champ, no matter what he says outwardly.
Aldo recently told recently told sportsnet.ca that he has always been the champion. The champion is the person that defends the belt, not the person that gets the belt and flees the division. After all, the man who beat him didn’t lose the title in the ring.
Now Aldo, likely frustrated by the fact that he may never meet McGregor at featherweight again, is rumored to be moving to lightweight and to potentially be in line for a shot at the interim lightweight title. Such a move could expedite his sought-after rematch with McGregor. If Aldo won the interim belt, his next match would almost certainly be a unification fight against the Irishman.
That said, these are just rumors at this point. The UFC has yet to confirm that Aldo is moving up to lightweight, or that his first fight in the division would be a title shot.
McGregor’s next opponent has yet to be determined. He’s likely not going to return to the Octagon until May (after his first child is born). If that’s the case, much and more will happen before he comes back. Onlinegambling.lv gives Aldo a 5/1 chance to be Conor’s very next tilt, and that feels about right.
Even if Aldo does get a shot at the lightweight interim title, he’s going to have to beat a very talented not to mention larger fighter to win it and earn his rematch with McGregor. And don’t expect Dana White to go too far out of his way to manufacture a McGregor/Aldo rematch. The UFC can make just as much coin (likely more) on a third bout between McGregor and Nate Diaz.