UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is preparing for a title unification fight against UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Max Holloway at UFC 212.
Aldo’s lone defeat in the UFC came to current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor at UFC 194 and the Brazilian knows that a rematch between them will never happen.
"Everybody says things today that I don’t even understand why,” Aldo said at a UFC 212 media conference call. "Conor was good for one side, let’s say, because he brought more attention to the division and to myself. On another side, to talk about the fight, man, that’s in the past. Everybody still asks me if I want or if I don’t want (to fight him again). That’s not up to me. That's up to the UFC, and we know it will never happen. I don’t even know if he will come back to fight. The UFC tried to do a (second) fight and he didn’t want it, didn’t accept it, because what happened will never happen again.”
The Brazilian has rebounded well since that defeat, winning a rematch against former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.
Despite the loss to McGregor, the Brazilian simply doesn’t care about the Irishman anymore.
"I couldn’t care less what Conor does or doesn’t do,” Aldo said. "I’m a UFC fighter and I’m the best featherweight. I have to focus on training and evolving to defend my belt.”
UFC 212 takes place on Saturday, June 3 from the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with Jose Aldo and Max Holloway headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.
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