'Is this my mistake or his success?' - Gracious Jose Aldo repeats call for Conor McGregor rematch
Published 14/12/2015 | 16:58
Jose Aldo has rubbished any retirement talk and has vowed to bounce back from his dramatic defeat at the hands of Ireland's Conor McGregor last Saturday night in Las Vegas.
In an interview on Brazilian television, the former UFC featherweight champion was magnanimous in defeat and wants another crack at the new champion.
Asked if he will be looking for a rematch, he said, "Of course, if God wills it, now, firstly I want to get back to gym and come back stronger. And of course, a rematch. I think every champion, after losing, and especially the way I lost - no excuses, I lost, he connected with a good strike and was successful - but, of course, I want a rematch. If God wills it, we will come back a lot stronger, and we will bounce back.
"Of course, we are sad, for all that happened, but dude, it's a matter of getting over it. It has passed. This is a sport, it's part of it, winning and losing. We've been victorious many times, and now we lost. That's ok. I already accepted it. Now I'll go back to the gym, train harder and bounce back."
Here it is for those of you who speak Portuguese:
Aldo was also quoted on Brazilian website Combate where he questioned whether the KO was a result of an error on his part or down to McGregor's skilll.
"It still is too hard to digest. We trained hard, did everything right, and the result wasn’t positive. It takes a while for us to digest, but it’s part (of the sport). It’s a sport and we have to accept.
"So, there wasn’t even a fight, right? Only 13 seconds. And I also remember when I came in, how I tried to punch. But, man, it’s hard to say know if it’s (his) success or (my) mistake. It’s a quick decision, and he was able to connect a good punch when I tried a combination."