To say the UFC has seen a wild and unpredictable year would be an understatement. In fact, ever since Conor McGregor KO’d Jose Aldo in late 2015, it’s been a roller coaster ride. Formerly the only 145-pound champion, and a dominant one at that, ‘Scarface’ fell against McGregor in 13 seconds. After UFC 194 it was clear that anyone was beatable, and ‘The Notorious’ would soon succumb to that same, cold fact. Oddly it would be the Irishman’s first venture out of featherweight since joining the UFC that would teach him his most valuable lesson.
Unfortunately for the crop at 145 pounds, they had an even more difficult pill to swallow. As Nate Diaz sunk in the fight ending choke on ‘The Notorious’ at UFC 196, the future of the featherweight division was again on hold. As McGregor remained at 170 pounds to defeat Diaz in the UFC 202 rematch, Aldo captured the interim belt against Frankie Edgar. Still not done altering multiple divisions, the Irish star would get a crack at the lightweight belt. For Aldo, this proved to be just about too much.
Aldo Desperately Wanted Revenge
Although calling out for a rematch with his bitter rival, Jose Aldo was left out in the cold. Later demanding a release from his contract, ‘Scarface’ was outraged by the promotion’s handling of McGregor, who was now scheduled to face Eddie Alvarez. UFC 205 came and went, Aldo was refused his release and ‘The Notorious’ was crowned two-weight champion. In the space of 11 months McGregor had jammed up the 145-pound division, and was now taking 10 months off. The promotion stripped the featherweight belt, and Aldo was promoted to full champion.
Not surprisingly, the Brazilian fighting icon is still unhappy. During a recent interview with Combate, as quoted by Bloody Elbow, Aldo did not hold back in his criticism of McGregor, his coach and the UFC:
“Pieces of Sh*t”
“The UFC has been a mess for a while now,” Aldo said. “Not only for [myself], it’s been happening way before that. It embarrassed featherweight and now embarrasses lightweight. Khabib Nurmagomedov signed two contracts to fight for the title and still hasn’t [fought for the title]. We also have Demian Maia waiting at welterweight and Ronaldo Jacare is waiting for even longer than that [at middleweight].”
“It’s cool for me, I was a dominant champion for a long time, but what about Jacare’s situation? He’s always winning and doesn’t get his title shot. They tell him he’ll fight for the title and he never does. And it seems he never will. It’s a generalized mess.’
“I knew I would be the champion and he knows what happened to me in that fight will never happen again,” Aldo said. “It was known I would be champion again so I don’t have a problem with the way it happened. I’ve always said that having the belt around my waist is all that matters. No matter what, I’m the champion. I don’t care about what his coach says. Who is his coach anyway? I don’t know who he is. Or him. They’re all pieces of sh*t.”
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