RIO DE JANEIRO — Jose Aldo is still frustrated that he won’t get the rematch he was hoping for at UFC 200.
The former UFC featherweight champion, who campaigned for another fight with Conor McGregor to avenge the 13-second loss he suffered in December, is slated to meet Frankie Edgar for the interim belt on July 9.
The Brazilian was offered a bout with “The Notorious” at UFC 196, replacing injured Rafael dos Anjos in a lightweight bout, but turned down the opportunity. According to Aldo, the Irish star was using banned substances prior to his fight at March 5.
“The fight was not at featherweight. Why would I rematch him in a different weight class with no belt?” Aldo said in a media scrum at the Arnold Classic in Brazil. “Now, to make this fight at 155, where he was full of juice in his body, where he hides and nobody tests him, only when he gets to Las Vegas, a week before the fight, and then it’s way easier for you to clean the body and fight. They offered the fight knowing that I wasn’t trained at all. I can’t say anything. I can train, beat Frankie Edgar and then know that I’ve earned my fight for the title again.
“We called and texted him every day (asking for the rematch) and nothing,” he continued. “There was no talk for a month. I waited for a call from Dana (White) for three weeks, and when he texted ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) I was doing a charity soccer match in Manaus, and he talked about replacing Rafael. He knew I wasn’t training because I was coming back from (medical) suspension. They already had in mind who to put against Conor. That’s the path they try to follow, and it’s kind ….View full article
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