Jose Aldo has said that he rejected a rematch with reigning featherweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 196 on Saturday as he wouldn’t have had enough time to prepare for the bout.
McGregor was scheduled to face Rafael dos Anjos at the event, but the lightweight champion pulled out of the fight after breaking his foot.
After Aldo lost his featherweight title to the Irishman when was beaten in 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December, Aldo made it clear that he was willing to face McGregor “any time, anywhere”. However, despite being presented with a chance to avenge his loss to McGregor, Aldo refused to rush into the fight and risk being defeated for a second time.
“Any professional needs time to train,” Aldo told The MMA Hour. “It’s not a cockfight where I go there and put my rooster to fight. It’s a high-level sport, I’m going there to do my job. When I have time to train, it can happen at any time, anywhere.”
Aldo has not fought since his loss to McGregor at UFC 194, but the 29-year-old Brazilian has said that he wants a featherweight title rematch and has floated UFC 200 on July 9 as a possible date for the bout.
“I can’t speak for others, and I don’t care what they say. I know I deserve an immediate rematch,” he said. “People who say I don’t, I don’t care about them. The important is what the UFC thinks and what we think. We came to the conclusion that we’re having an immediate rematch. I know I will win (the belt) again.
“I want to fight at UFC 200. It’s a historical edition, a great event. I would like to be part of it.”