MANILA, Philippines – Jose Aldo is so desperate to avenge his 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor, he wouldn’t wait to get him in the Octagon.
Since being knocked out cold by McGregor’s signature left hand in December 2015, the 29-year-old Brazilian has loudly pronounced his desire for a chance to reclaim the UFC featherweight championship.
Aldo, who squares off with Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 on July 9 for the interim featherweight title, is taking a step further in securing a rematch with McGregor, saying he would be happy with a street fight in case the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization refuses to accede to his request.
"I will get there and run through [Frankie Edgar]. It doesn’t matter what happens. We will win the fight. After that, we will get [McGregor] even if it’s in the streets,” he said during UFC 198’s Q&A segment.
However, Aldo knows that for now his focus should be on Edgar, who gave him a tough fight when both men squared off against each other at UFC 156 in February 2013.
Aldo expects Edgar to bring something new on the table as the 34-year-old New Jersey native has vastly improved as professional fighter since their first confrontation.
Edgar is currently riding high on a 5-fight winning streak, which included notable triumphs over BJ Penn, Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes.
“I don’t think it will be like the first one. He’s coming differently, but when we get into it he will go back to his game, and that’s when we’re catching him. I revised my concepts, we learn a lot with the losses, and I learned," Aldo stated. – Rappler.com