Jose Aldo has delivered an ultimatum. Now it’s time to see if the UFC will agree to his terms.
The former featherweight champ took to Instagram on Wednesday to demand a title shot or at the very least, a rematch with Conor McGregor. Aldo lost his belt to the Irishman at UFC 194, falling via knockout in just 13 seconds.
“Hi everyone. I was quiet for a while because I was waiting for my rematch based on how the fight went dow,” Aldo wrote. “In fact, I was already training for it, but apparently I was wrong. So I wanted to make something clear to [the] UFC: For everything I have done, everything I have accepted and mostly how the fight ended, I will not accept any other fight other than a title shot . My only exception would be fighting ‘The Notorious , at any time, anywhere...”
Prior to facing McGregor, the Nova Uniao standout had established himself as one of the sport’s pound-for-pound greats and was the only featherweight champion the Las Vegas-based promotion had ever known. His shocking loss to McGregor ended an 18-fight winning streak dating back to 2006.
At the moment, McGregor is booked to face Rafael dos Anjos in a lightweight championship tilt at UFC 197 on March 5. The Dublin native has already stated that he plans on returning to 145 pounds to defend his belt there, as well. However, it is unclear when Aldo would get a second chance at McGregor, as Frankie Edgar also has a legitimate claim to a 145-pound title shot.
“Keep [your] word,” Aldo wrote while mentioning UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC President Dana White as well as the promotion itself. “I still believe in the company that I work for.”
Fala galera, estava quieto até agora porque da maneira que a luta aconteceu eu já estava me preparando nos treinos pois tinha certeza que teria a revanche imediata. Porém Acho que me enganei. Então queria deixar bem claro para o @UFC que não aceito nenhuma luta que não seja pelo cinturão, por tudo que eu fiz nesses 8 anos , por tudo que eu aceitei e pela forma que a luta acabou. A única exceção seria uma luta a qualquer momento, em qualquer lugar e já que ele está com medo de me devolver o cinturão, não precisa ser pelo cinturão...@thenotoriousmma Espero que que vocês também cumpram a palavra de vocês @danawhiteufc @lorenzofertitta pois ainda acredito na empresa que trabalho. #rematch Hi everyone, i was quiet for a while because i was waiting for my rematch based on how the fight Went down, in fact I was already training for it, but apparently I was wrong. So I wanted to make something clear to UFC: for everything I have done, everything I have accepted and mostly how the fight ended, I will not accept any other fight other than a title shot . My only exception would be fighting thenotorious , at any time, anywhere , and once that he is scary and knows that I'm gonna win .... Doesn't have to be title fight against him. Keep my belt, but I wanna whoop ur ass anywhere. @danawhite @lorenzofertitta @ufc keep ur word. I still believe in the company that I work for. #rematch