Aldo is set to defend the UFC Featherweight Championship against the current interim champion, Max Holloway at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 3rd June. During a recent conference call, he told reporters that he does not expect to get a rematch with his nemesis and former UFC Featherweight Champion, Conor McGregor.
“Everybody says things today that I don’t even understand why […] Conor was good for one side, let’s say because he brought more attention to the division and to myself. On another side, to talk about the fight, man, that’s in the past. […] Everybody still asks me if I want or if I don’t want (to fight him again). 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.”
Following on from the most devastating loss of his otherwise illustrious career, Aldo defeated UFC veteran, Frankie Edgar, at UFC 200 to claim the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship. After Conor McGregor became the UFC Lightweight Champion, he was stripped of the featherweight title and Aldo was promoted to undisputed champion. Aldo has claimed that even if he went up to lightweight, he would not pursue a second fight with McGregor.
“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.”
“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.”