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REVEALED: Conor McGregor offered Jose Aldo a rematch after dropping him in 13 seconds

Published 13/12/2015 | 09:57

Jose Aldo walks across the Octagon after losing to Conor McGregor in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor took the title with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Jose Aldo walks across the Octagon after losing to Conor McGregor in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor took the title with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor during a post-fight press conference. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor ahead of his featherweigh bout against Jose Aldo. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor lands the pivotal punch on Jose Aldo's jaw
Conor McGregor, right, lands a left punch on Jose Aldo, resulting in a knock-out stoppage after 13 seconds of round one. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor before fighting against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor is pulled away by the official and wins via technical knockout against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor moves in to land punches and win via technical knockout against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jose Aldo before fighting against Conor McGregor during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor before fighting against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor celebrates his championship victory against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor exits the octagon following his championship victory against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Beaten champion Jose Aldo demanded a rematch after seeing his title disappear in 13 seconds and Conor McGregor seems only too happy to oblige.

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In his post-fight press conference, Ireland's undisputed UFC featherweight champ admitted that he did feel slightly sorry for the Brazilian and the manner in which he lost the crown he held for a decade.

"I told him we can go again, although it's a nice feeling to get the knockout...you don't want to see a champions like that going down like that," he said.

"I had a moment where I felt sorry for him.

"It's been a long road and I appreciate that he turned up.

"I said we can do it again but he was off in his own world I think."

McGregor had predicted a first round knockout in the lead-up to the fight but could not have imagined that it would come in such a short space of time.

"I knew he would over-extend, I knew I would catch him. Mystic Mac strikes again," he added

"It would have been nice if the contest had stretched out a little bit longer just for all it's been through but I still feel the same process would have happened.

"I respect Jose, I wish him well but now we are on to the next chapter.

"It's not the first time I've done that. I have a four second KO on my resume, now I have a 13 second and I have a 16 second (KO), I have had many early stoppage wins.

"I feel I have the shots, the timing, the precision. With the correct amount of force and the correct timing... the human chin can't take it.

"He was the pound-for-pound best fighter on the roster, undefeated in 10 years and he's undefeated featherweight champion... who comes in and predicts one round KOs. I did.

"I do enjoy the numbers, i make no secret of that, I do enjoy breaking records and I'll add that to my list of broken records."

McGregor had also predicted that he would retire Aldo.

Asked if we would see the Brazilian in the octagon again, he responded: "That's up to him. I think maybe he could take a step back and re-centre himself.

"He felt the pressure like he has never felt before... that's because he was facing me.

"I think Jose should come back and regroup and get back in line for a number one contender spot."

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