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Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016

Jose Aldo Targeting Lightweight Rematch With Conor McGregor

Jose Aldo (photo via UFC)

By FCF Staff

Although Conor McGregor is no longer the UFC’s featherweight champ, Jose Aldo plans to follow his rival into the lightweight division as a means to secure a rematch.

Recently the UFC announced that McGregor is vacating the 145 title and will be focusing on the lightweight championship he earned at UFC 205, when he took out Eddie Alvarez. As a result, the upcoming, December 10th, Max Holloway – Anthony Pettis bout will be for the interim featherweight title, and Jose Aldo has become the undisputed 145 champ. The latter won the interim title this past July by defeating Frankie Edgar.

Following the moves, Aldo spoke with the UFC’s Brazilian site, and the renowned fighter was quoted saying this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“First, I want to defend my title, and then go after a fight with him (at lightweight),” Aldo said. “Just like Dana (White) said, we can choose who we want to fight, so I want to fight him. That’s what will happen.”

When asked if he has a preference, in terms of who he faces next at 145, Aldo stated:

“I don’t see any problem. I’ll be prepared for whoever wins,” Aldo relayed. “Pettis has a bigger name, or course, was a champion before, so it would be a bigger fight. But if it’s the other one, no problem, I’ll win no matter what.”

McGregor, meanwhile, isn’t expected to fight again until next May at the earliest. The Irish star and his girlfriend Dee Devlin are expecting their first child.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:52 am
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