Jose Aldo laid down an ultimatum to the UFC this week, saying that he won’t fight unless it’s either a rematch with Conor McGregor or a title shot.
Unfortunately for him it appears that UFC President Dana White has remained unmoved by his declaration and has suggested he’s not in a hurry to see a rematch between the two featherweight stars.
“It’s one of those things, we made the fight the first time and [Aldo] got hurt and had to pull out,” White said while appearing alongside Matt Serra on the Opie & Jim Norton radio show. “Then we made it again, and it ended in 13 seconds. It’s tough to make that fight again right away.
“Plus, Conor wants to be a two-belt champion, so he wants to fight [UFC lightweight champion Rafael] dos Anjos.”
That could turn out to be good news for the featherweight divisions other leading contender Frankie Edgar who has also informed the UFC that he’ll only fight if it’s for the belt.
However, a lot hinges on the result of the McGregor Vs Dos Anjos fight at UFC 196 in March. If McGregor loses out on his lightweight title bid then it’s likely he’d have to retreat back to 145lbs and that would probably lead to a fight with Edgar.
On the other hand, if McGregor takes out RDA and lifts the lightweight belt then who knows what happens next. It’s possible that he would then move back down to defend his featherweight title, but at the same time he might be tempted to make a 155lb defense first.
If there is a delay in him getting back down to featherweight, then the obvious fight to make in the mean time would be a No.1 contender bout between Aldo and Edgar, but with both men having made title demands it remains to be seen whether they could be convinced to take that fight.
Listen to the video below for the full interview with White and Serra on the Opie And Jim Norton Show.