There’s no arguing that Jose Aldo is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. His tremendous resume and elite level skill make him a one-of-a-kind athlete.
But Aldo’s everlasting impression on the sport was slightly tainted after he lost to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 via 13-second knockout. The two international dynamos exchanged just one time, leaving Aldo unconscious on the Octagon canvas.
As Aldo journeys back to prominence after a recent win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, he can’t help but assume McGregor’s divisional future will be tied up even longer if the Irishman is able to beat Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on Aug. 20. According to the former Featherweight king, a win for McGregor all but assures a trilogy fight with Diaz.
“If he loses (to Diaz), it’s highly likely that they put us to fight on November 12, at Madison Square Garden. The Irish community is big over there,” said Aldo in a recent media scrum in Rio de Janeiro (transcribed by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting). “But if he wins, I think they will do a third fight between them and ruin all my plans.”
Remember, McGregor first lost to Diaz via second-round submission at UFC 196 this past March after moving up to 170 pounds.
“He has to lose. Otherwise, they will do a third fight,” added Aldo. “I’m rooting for him to lose, of course. If he wins, they will do another rematch with Nate, and that’s bad. He has to lose. He has to lose. He will lose.”
Whatever happens between McGregor and Diaz at UFC 202, it makes sense that Aldo will be the one to welcome “Notorious” back to the Featherweight fold. After all, he just deciphered Edgar over five rounds at ….View full article
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