UFC president Dana White stands between Conor McGregor (right) and Jose Aldo last December.
UFC president Dana White stands between Conor McGregor (right) and Jose Aldo last December. John Locher

Aldo eyes rematch with McGregor

MMA: Reinstalled UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo says if Conor McGregor wants his belt back he can come and get it.

The Irishman was stripped of the title on the weekend due to not having defended it for 11 months. He originally claimed the belt after beating Aldo after a 13-second knockout.

While McGregor remains the lightweight champion, Aldo is back on top of the featherweight heap.

"I think I've always been the champion, and I will always be the champion,” Brazilian Aldo told SporTV channel's Planeta.

"As long as I'm at featherweight, no matter what happens, I'll keep being the champion. So this, for me, was something that was already certain.

"The minute I lost, I knew, the next day, the belt would be mine again. It was just a matter of time. Of course (it was) not the way I wanted, but I'm happy because I know I'm the champion.”

Aldo will first have to contend with the winner of the Max Holloway versus Anthony Pettis bout at UFC 206, before McGregor will come back into calculations.

"Of course, first I want to do a (title) defence and then, yes, I will want to pursue a fight with (McGregor),” Aldo said.

"Since (UFC boss) Dana (White) said that we can choose who we want to fight, I want to fight (McGregor). That's what's going to happen.”


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