Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo didn’t think for a second about accepting a short notice bout with Conor McGregor.
And Aldo wouldn’t think twice about it even now after being called out by others.
The Brazilian appeared on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” to explain why he turned down the UFC when they came call last week about replacing Rafael dos Anjos and facing McGregor this coming Saturday night.
“It’s not a cockfight where I go there and put my rooster to fight,” Aldo said. “It’s a high-level sport. I’m going there to do my job. When I have time to train, it can happen at any time, anywhere.
“I can’t speak for others and I don’t care what they say. I know I deserve an immediate rematch. People who say I don’t, I don’t care about them.”
Aldo suffered a loss to McGregor in 13 seconds this past December, knocking him from a perch atop the 145-pound division that he sat in since the UFC decided to begin promoting such fights.
As for when he might be ready to return, Aldo is targeting UFC 200 on July 9, saying “It’s a historical edition, a great event. I would like to be part of it.”
McGregor will instead meet Nate Diaz in a non-title fight at welterweight this Saturday.