Brazilian mixed martial artist Jose ‘Scarface’ Aldo still wants a rematch with Conor McGregor even as he calls The Notorious a ‘coward.’
UFC recently promoted Aldo as the featherweight champion division after McGregor relinquished his belt.
Before giving up his featherweight belt, Conor McGregor held two championship titles. He had won the lightweight championship match against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last November 12 at the Madison Square Garden. The Notorious won by technical knockout three minutes into the fight’s second round.
McGregor won the featherweight belt after he knocked out Aldo with single punch 13 seconds into the first round of the UFC 194 held December 2015. Before the UFC 194, Aldo had been the only UFC featherweight champion for 10 years.
Aldo had been after a rematch with the Irishman but this never materialized. The Brazilian then won the interim featherweight championship when he trounced Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.
Conor Mcgregor Never A Champion, Says Aldo
According to Aldo, UFC’s decision promoting him as the undisputed champion did not surprise him.
“I know I could win in a rematch. I knew I would be champion again,” he said in Portuguese at an interview with UFC.com Brazil. “It’s not my fault that (Conor McGregor) is a coward; that he was never champion.”
Aldo reiterated he would never lose to any fighter. “I don’t see myself losing to anyone in this weight class, or any other,” he quips.
He still wants another fight with McGregor. “Of course, I think about this fight; and it certainly will happen,” he says.
Aldo Faces UFC 206 Winner First
But first, he has to face the winner of the interim title fight between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway at UFC 206 on December 10.
“I want to defend my belt first, and then I’ll plan on this (McGregor) fight,” he explains.
Pettis, a former lightweight champion, had been scheduled to fight Aldo in 2013. However, the event did not push through after the American fighter sustained an injury.
Scarface says a Pettis win would be better. “Of course, Pettis has a bigger name. He was a champion once. And it would be a bigger fight,” he points out.
Aldo maintains he is ready to face whoever would win the Pettis-Holloway bout. “I’m going to win anyway.”