Wednesday 21 February 2018

UFC should vacate Conor McGregor's featherweight title, says unhappy Jose Aldo camp

Conor McGregor, left, knocks out Jose Aldo
Conor McGregor, left, knocks out Jose Aldo

Former UFC champion Jose Aldo says he is prepared to wait a year in order for a title re-match in his featherweight division.

The Brazilian suffered his first defeat in 10 years against Conor McGregor at UFC 194, where he was defeated in 13 seconds, and won’t accept a return to the Octagon in a non-title fight.

Indeed Aldo and his manager Andre Pederneiras are unhappy with the UFC’s decision to allow McGregor move up to the lightweight division without vacating his featherweight belt and was expecting a re-match in the near future.

"That was the idea [re-match] when the fight was over,” Aldo says about the prospect of facing the Irish fighter again.

“If someone asks me what I want, it’s the rematch, of course. I don't see another fight for me besides a title fight or a rematch," he said after talk of a fight with Frankie Edgar came to nothing.

If Edgar gets the opportunity to fight ‘The Notorious’, Pederneiras says his fighter is prepared to take a year out if that’s what it takes for a title fight.

"He will only fight for the belt,” he told reporters in Brazil.

“The champion he was, undefeated for 10 years, he thinks he has the same right others had. Some fighters are getting rematches they deserve less than Aldo. If it’s going to be soon or in 10 years, he thinks he deserves a title fight."

He added his unhappiness with the UFC’s decision to allow McGregor to move up a weight division without vacating the featherweight belt.

"I wouldn’t let [McGregor] move up and take the belt with him, but it’s the UFC’s call, I can’t do anything about it," Pederneiras added.

“I have to accept it. I can’t say I’m happy with it, though. I’m not, and Aldo is not happy about it either. But we can’t do anything about it.

"When you fight for a company, you have two options: leave the company, or accept the condition and wait, try to negotiate what’s better for you, and that’s what we’re doing right now."

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