Jose Aldo is determined to see Conor McGregor be beaten by Nate Diaz once again at UFC 202 in August as it will likely cause the Irishman return to the featherweight division.
Aldo has been looking to get his hands on McGrgeor ever since he lost his featherweight title to the 28-year-old in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 on December 12.
After defeating Aldo, McGregor set his sights on former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and a fight between the two was scheduled for UFC 196 in March, but that did not come to fruition after the Brazilian broke his foot.
Diaz was subsequently brought in as Dos Anjos’ replacement on short notice and stunned the UFC community when he handed McGregor his first-ever UFC loss by forcing him submit in the second round of their welterweight bout.
While McGregor wanted an immediate rematch, Aldo was forced to earn another title shot and did so by beating Frankie Edgar to become the interim featherweight champion at UFC 200 on July 9.
Aldo is now guaranteed a title shot at some point in the future, but he acknowledged that if McGregor defeats Diaz at UFC 202, it is likely that a third fight between the duo will be set up.
“If he loses (to Diaz), it’s highly likely that they put us to fight on November 12, at Madison Square Garden,” Aldo told reporters. “The Irish community is big over there.
“But if he wins, I think they will do a third fight between them and ruin all my plans.
“He has to lose. Otherwise, they will do a third fight. I’m rooting for him to lose, of course. If he wins, they will do another rematch with Nate, and that’s bad. He has to lose. He has to lose. He will lose.”
When asked who would emerge victorious at UFC 202, Aldo admitted that he doesn’t see how McGregor will triumph over Diaz, especially having lost the first time they met in the Octagon.
“If I had to bet, it would be Nate again,” Aldo said. “From what I saw he’s way bigger, stronger, and he’s training. He got that fight on short notice and still was able to win.
“Well trained, it’s really hard for McGregor. If you look at (Diaz’s) fights, even when he’s getting beat, he finds a way to come back. If I had to bet, it would be Nate.”
Meanwhile, even if Aldo does not get to fight McGregor at UFC 205 in New York on November 12, he still wants to be part of the card and has suggested that he is willing to go up against Max Holloway, who is currently on a nine-fight winning streak.
“Then I’m f—ed,” Aldo said when asked if McGregor is granted a third fight against Diaz. “But I really hope it happens. If it’s a fight against Holloway, I don’t see any problem. This event in New York will make history. I really hope I’m at this card because I want to be part of history.”