Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo has revealed that UFC president Dana White has told him that his next fight will be against Frankie Edgar, with White having informed him of his future schedule immediately after he had lost his title to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 on December 12.
The Brazilian’s loss to McGregor was his first defeat in more than a decade, with the nature of the defeat – he suffered a first-round knockout after just 13 seconds – making Aldo all the more eager to get back in the Octagon.
While it is still unclear when Aldo will fight Edgar, the 29-year-old said that their meeting in the Octagon will be a title eliminator as the latter has been knocking on the door for a title opportunity for some time now as he is on a five-fight winning streak.
“Right after the fight, Dana walked in the locker room and told me my next fight would be a title eliminator against Frankie Edgar because Conor was moving up to lightweight as he was struggling to make weight,” Aldo told Portal de Vale Tudo.
Meanwhile, Aldo also made it clear that he wants a rematch with McGregor. Prior to his defeat to the Irishman, Aldo held the featherweight title for more than five years and thus believes that he deserves an opportunity to regain his belt.
“Of course I want a rematch with him, since there was no fight,” Aldo said. “None of us fought, he just connected one good punch and that was it. Cool, congratulations, but that wasn’t what people expected.
“I live for tomorrow, though. If it’s a rematch or a title fight, it doesn’t matter, I know we will fight again and I know I will win. I know I’m capable. For my next step, I don’t see another fight and I also won’t accept a fight that isn’t for the title.”