Conor McGregor Claims He Would Have Loved To Rematch ‘Warrior’ Jose Aldo

Former two-weight UFC champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has once more showered praise on past-opponent, former featherweight kingpin, Jose Aldo ‘Jr.’ — describing the Manaus veteran as a “warrior” as well as insisting he would have liked to have rematched the Brazilian off the back of their December 2015 showdown.

McGregor, who is still recovering from recent surgery to repair a fractured tibia in his left leg, last featured at UFC 264 in July, where he suffered an opening round doctor’s stoppage TKO against rival, Dustin Poirier as a result of his leg injury. The defeat marked the 33-year-old’s second consecutively.

Off the back of his loss and subsequent surgical procedure in California, McGregor recently shared his thoughts on the bantamweight run of former featherweight champion, Aldo, calling the striker a “real legend” after his UFC 265 co-headliner against Pedro Munhoz, where he scored an impressive unanimous decision victory.

Knocking on the door of a second bantamweight title challenge most likely, Aldo spoke after the bout with compatriot, Munhoz, where he maintained a rematch with McGregor would “never” occur — having attempted to book a re-run against the Dubliner following their UFC 194 matchup.

That’s what I don’t understand, brother,” Aldo said. “Back when it (rematch) should have happened like they are going (to make) rematches and trilogies, I didn’t have the opportunity, no one considered anything, and each one went their way. Now that the situation has inverted again, it feels like they have the obligation to book it.

No, I don’t see myself fighting Conor (McGregor),” Aldo explained. “Never, I think. I can even say that. It might happen tomorrow, but that’s not the path. I root for him today, I hope he recovers from the injury and fights again at the highest level, and becomes champion again because that way he and I will always be together. No matter if I’m down and he’s up or the other way around, people will always put our names together, and that way we carry each other up.

Reacting to McGregor’s gruesome leg injury against Poirier, Aldo explained how he felt upset, but believes McGregor can reclaim Octagon gold if he dedicates himself to a career comeback.

Speaking with a Brazilian fan in Beverley Hills over the weekend, McGregor again issued praise toward Aldo, as well as claiming that he would have “loved” to have scored another fight against him.

Good to see (Jose) Aldo have a good win the other week, I’m happy to see that,” McGregor said. “I tell you what, what a warrior, what a warrior that man (Aldo) is. It was an honor to share the Octagon [with him], I would have loved to do it again, you know, he deserved more I thought, but you know — a lot of respect for Jose Aldo and the Brazilians.

Meeting in a featherweight title unification clash back in December 2015 at UFC 194, then-interim gold holder, McGregor stopped Aldo with a stunning 13-second first round knockout at the MGM Grand, successfully unifying the titles as well as lodging the fastest knockout win in UFC championship fight history.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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