McGregor would grant Aldo a rematch

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Conor McGregor says he would grant UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo a rematch if their title fight at UFC 194 turns out to be closer than he expects.

McGregor is currently the promotion's interim featherweight champion, and is – at least outwardly – supremely confident of unifying the titles.

The Irishman says he will finish Aldo inside the first of the five scheduled rounds, ruling out any need for a second encounter.

"Let's see how the contest plays out. If he can give me a war and he can earn a rematch, then we can do a rematch," he told MMA Mania.

"I just don't see him answering the bell for the second round. I can't see his face or his body at the beginning of the second round. I see him KO'd inside one.

“When you KO a guy inside one there is no need for a rematch. So, if he can bring a war and we can do this and trade for five rounds or whatever than maybe I'll consider a rematch. But, I feel he won get off the stool and answer the bell for the second round.”

McGregor previously held both the featherweight and lightweight titles in Cage Warriors, a British promotion.

The Irishman has said several times that he plans to do the same in the UFC and has lined up the winner of Rafael do Anjos' title defence against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, which takes place just a week later at UFC on Fox 17.

"I will KO Jose Aldo and I will face the winner of the lightweight belt. Then I will fight for that. So, within the next few fights, I will be a two-weight world champion,” McGregor said.

“So, I'm looking to emulate what I achieved in my previous promotion and collect two belts in two different weight divisions, hold them consecutively, defend them consecutively and carry on."