For a while the only fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo was interested in was a chance to avenge his 2015 KO loss to Conor McGregor, but it seems that now he’s come to accept that it’s probably never going to happen.
“Everybody still asks me if I want or if I don’t want (to fight him again),” Aldo told reporters at a UFC 212 media day. “That’s not up to me. That’s up to the UFC, and we know it will never happen. I don’t even know if he will come back to fight. The UFC tried to do a (second) fight and he didn’t want it, didn’t accept it, because what happened will never happen again.”
“I couldn’t care less what Conor does or doesn’t do,” Aldo said. “I’m a UFC fighter and I’m the best featherweight. I have to focus on training and evolving to defend my belt.”
FOcusing on the task at hand seems like a good idea as Aldo is currently preparing for a 145lb title unification bout with Max Holloway, who was been in stellar form over the past three years, racking up no less than 10 victories in the division.
“I think Max is a big challenge, an opponent that I already expected to face in the future. I try to look at every up-and-comer. I’m a reference (point), I’m a target. Everybody wants the champion, so I try to study every young athlete that enters the division.
“It’s another test for me. He’s a young guy, hungry to win. He’s another one who will try and fail. That’s for sure.”