On Tuesday afternoon UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo gave an in-depth interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com. Helwani discussed a wide variety of topics with Aldo including; Conor McGregor, fighter unions, Max Holloway and a bevy of other subjects.
One of the most eye-opening moments of the interview came when Helwani asked about a potential featherweight title fight with recent UFC 206 winner and interim featherweight champion Max Holloway. Aldo responded that while he was scheduled to fight sometime in early March in a championship fight that it would be for the interim lightweight title and not a defense of his featherweight strap.
“No, the Brooklyn fight is not happening. I now expect and believe I will be fighting in early March. Either March 3 or March 4, I can’t remember. I believe they will soon announce an interim lightweight title fight with me. They’ve been trying to find me an opponent, and — surprise, surprise — at least one has already turned down the fight against me. I’m waiting to see who they will find.”
That’s quite a bombshell, especially if you talk to current lightweight champion Conor McGregor. It remains to be seen what the length of McGregor’s current break is (the length depends on who you ask), but whatever the case, the show must go on as they say. And as such it looks as if an interim lightweight title may be in the works.
Speaking of McGregor, Aldo was pretty scathing in his response when asked about his rival. “Conor is two-faced and he doesn’t want to fight me. He wants to talk a big game to the press. He doesn’t to step up and take the fights to prove he’s a real champion.”
It is a great interview and gives some great insight into the mind and psyche of one of MMA’s all-time great fighters. Click the link below to read the full transcript over at MMAFighting.com.
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