McGregor lashes out at Aldo

Conor McGregor has slammed Jose Aldo for challenging him to a featherweight title rematch following his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, asserting that the Brazilian missed his chance.

Prior to his fight against Diaz, McGregor knocked out Aldo in just 13 seconds to be crowned the new featherweight champion at UFC 194 on December 12.

After the Irishman came up short in his first fight in the welterweight division, Aldo called on McGregor to return to the featherweight division at face him at UFC 200 in July.

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However, McGregor has questioned the timing of Aldo’s challenge, as he wanted to fight the Brazilian at UFC 196 after Rafael dos Anjos withdrew with an injury, but Aldo said he would not have enough time to prepare

“I just think it’s – he had an opportunity to show up, and he didn’t,” McGregor told reporters. “He could be sitting across – he could be sitting where Nate’s sitting. He was the first choice. He said, ‘any time, any place, anywhere.’ And then, it wasn’t any time, any place, anywhere.

“Now another man gets a victory over me, and he celebrates it? That’s the sign of a loser. That’s the sign of somebody – that’s the sign of a runner-up. That’s not the sign of a champion.”

Regardless of McGregor’s lowly opinion of Aldo, it is likely that the pair will have a rematch, but whether it will come at UFC 200 remains to be seen.

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