Jose Aldo feels he will never get the chance to even his score with Conor McGregor, who defeated him in 2015.
After almost a year and a half since he experienced his first loss in a decade, Jose Aldo has been wanting to even the score with Conor McGregor. But since the opportunity continues to elude him, the current featherweight champion is no longer holding his breath for it.
“The UFC has tried to do this fight, and he didn’t want it,” Aldo said in a media scrum in Rio de Janeiro (via MMA Fighting). “He’s running. He won’t accept it. But we’ll see. I don’t know if this fight happens.”
McGregor never got to defend the 145-pound world title that he won from Aldo in December 2015 at UFC 194. Last November, the UFC stripped him of the title, and subsequently crowned Aldo as the undisputed champion.
Aldo had also previously stated his intent to move up to 155 pounds to face McGregor, but even doing so gives him very little chance for the fight to happen. It is something he had eventually understood, and says he is not losing sleep over it.
“Well, I don’t think about McGregor today,” Aldo said. “I couldn’t care less what he’s doing. Like I said, I want to remain champion, I want big fights. If one day I fight him, great. If not, I’ll continue my life, continue being champion, continue being the same person, fighting and winning. I don’t think about Conor today. I only talk about Conor because you ask. F–k him.”
Aldo is scheduled to face interim featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 212 on June 3rd in Rio de Janeiro.