As far as Jose Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras is concerned, Conor McGregor is going to lose to Nate Diaz again at UFC 200.
Aldo was hoping for a shot at McGregor, as was Frankie Edgar, but the two featherweights will now face each other instead on the same card as McGregor v Diaz.
Whoever wins the rematch will earn a shot at McGregor next.
“We were expecting the fight with Conor fight, but we can’t live to mourn,” Pederneiras told MMAFighting.com. “Aldo has a date and a fight booked, and it’s for the interim belt, so let’s work to win this title and fight Conor again.
“Both fighters have evolved a lot (since UFC 156),” he added. “It’s going to be interesting to see how they both prepare for each other in this new fight.”
While Pederneiras claimed he didn’t have much thoughts on the McGregor v Diaz rematch, it turns out he did have an opinion after all.
“About Conor vs. Diaz, I don’t have much to say. The UFC owners know the reasons (why it’s happening) and I can’t say anything about that because I have a business too and I do what has to be done so my company brings me the biggest profit possible.
“(It will be) tougher than the first one,” he added. “I think Conor will control more his impulse to get the knockout so he doesn’t gas again, but even if he wins, which I don’t think will happen, he’s way smaller than the athletes in this division, and I’m not even talking about the champion.
“For an example, a fight between him and Demian (Maia), who is a big guy for the division since he came from 185 pounds, Conor’s chances at defeating guys in this division are really low.”