The UFC announced a major shakeup in their featherweight division during the airing of UFC Fight Night 101 on Saturday night.
To recap, Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis will headline UFC 206 on Dec. 10, 2016 for the UFC interim featherweight championship. Conor McGregor has relinquished the featherweight title, making Jose Aldo the new champion. Aldo has officially weighed in on the shakeup.
In an interview on the Brazilian television show Planeta SporTV, Aldo stated he knew McGregor would drop either the featherweight or lightweight title. He explained:
"That was a fact I knew would happen, that he would drop a belt, my belt or the lightweight," he said. "It’s a tough fight for him at lightweight, with Khabib (Nurmagomedov), or a rematch with me, so he preferred to drop mine (belt). No problem."
In new comments posted Monday on UFC’s Brazilian website, Aldo continued:
"I knew that would happen," said Aldo, who lost to McGregor in 13 seconds at UFC 194. "To me, I never stopped being champion. I lost that fight because of an accident. I knew that I would win a rematch, that I would be champion again. It’s not my fault that he’s such a pu--y he was never the champion. I don’t see myself losing to anyone in this division or any other (division).”
Aldo is currently looking to fight again in February or March, where he will defend the UFC featherweight championship. After that, he wants to fight Conor McGregor at 155 pounds (lightweight).
"First, I want to defend my title, and then go after a fight with him (at lightweight)," Aldo said. "Just like Dana (White) said, we can choose who we want to fight, so I want to fight him. That’s what will happen.”
As for who Aldo faces between Pettis and Holloway, he’s indifferent and will be prepared for the winner. He said Pettis has the bigger name and would be the bigger fight.
Aldo (26–2) last fought at UFC 200 in July, where he defeated Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision.
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H/t to MMAFighting.com for transcribing the quotes.