Jose Aldo believes that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will have no title belts around his waist by the end of the year.
McGregor beat Aldo in 13 seconds to be crowned the new featherweight champion at UFC 194 on December 12 and will now face Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC 196 on March 5.
Should McGregor beat Dos Anjos, he will make history by becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two different titles at the same time.
However, Aldo doesn’t see this happening and added that McGregor will also lose his featherweight title by the end of 2016.
“I think it’s tough,” Aldo told reporters. “I’ll say this: I don’t think he will have any belt by the end of the year. And everyone will forget him. He has this dream, this goal, but you can be sure that he won’t have any [titles] by the end of the year.”
Aldo added that McGregor will be handed the first loss of his UFC career when he goes up against Dos Anjos next month and also firmly believes that he will regain his featherweight title once he gets his rematch with the Irishman.
“A fight is a fight and you have to respect the other side,” he said. “I see Rafael with the [lightweight] belt and the [featherweight] belt back to me. That’s a fact.”