Monday 24 October 2016

Jose Aldo won't retire until he fights Conor McGregor, even if he has to 'catch him in the street'

Published 04/07/2016 | 17:58

Jose Aldo has taken aim at Conor McGregor again
Jose Aldo has taken aim at Conor McGregor again

Former UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo won't walk away from the sport until he has another crack at the man who stole his crown, Ireland's Conor McGregor.

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Aldo faces Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 for the interim featherweight title this Saturday, with the winner guaranteed a shot at The Notorious.

The Brazilian, who was knocked out by McGregor after 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December, told FOX Sport that he would face the Crumlin native again and the fight won't have to be a sanctioned bout.

“Only if he stops fighting. As long as he’s in the UFC, this fight will happen. That’s a fact. We will get the belt back and be champion again...We’ll move up. The UFC will do this fight. It doesn’t matter at which weight. I don’t care," Aldo said.

“We catch him in the street. No matter how, we will fight. [expletive] it.”

Edgar has engaged in some mind games ahead of his bout with former champ Jose Aldo at UFC 200 in Las Vegas this weekend.

Edgar believes that the embarrassment of that defeat to McGregor will not be something Aldo will have shaken off too easily.

"It has to mess with you. Close losses mess with you, never mind getting knocked out with one punch. Especially to a guy like Conor, who is going to relish in it the way he does and talk about it the way he does, no one's better than him with that," Edgar told Fox Sport

"I don't want to say it was embarrassing because it can happen to anybody, but for Aldo, I think it was a little embarrassing. To be on top for so long and then have it happen like that to that guy. That's definitely got to mess with him.

"Maybe he'll bounce back and be more motivated, but he himself won't know until we step in there.

"I do think if I hit him with some good stuff early on, he's going to really be questioning himself. Not only is he going to question himself from his last fight, but he's going to question himself in the first couple of minutes of our fight."

McGregor faces Nate Diaz in a welterweight contest at UFC 202 on Auguts 20 looking to gain revenge for his shock defeat in March, and the pair will come face-to-face at a press event in Las Vegas on Thursday.

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