Jose Aldo, who once ruled the featherweight division like Conan eventually ruled Aquilonia (read: via a lot of spilled blood), but who eventually fell to Conor McGregor in a mere 13 seconds, might be holding out for a rematch and/or shot at the belt.
As per his coach, Andre Pederneiras:
“Aldo believes he has this right, and so do I,” he added. “He will only fight for the belt. The champion he was, undefeated for 10 years, he thinks he has the same right others had. Some fighters are getting rematches they deserve less than Aldo. If it’s going to be soon or in 10 years, he thinks he deserves a title fight.”
Pederneiras expects to meet with UFC officials “soon” to negotiate Aldo’s next step, and admits he’s unhappy with the promotion’s decisions.
“I wouldn’t let (McGregor) move up and take the belt with him, but it’s the UFC’s call, I can’t do anything about it,” he said. “I have to accept it. I can’t say I’m happy with it, though. I’m not, and Aldo is not happy about it either. But we can’t do anything about it. When you fight for a company, you have two options: leave the company, or accept the condition and wait, try to negotiate what’s better for you, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
Bruh. You’re going to be sitting on the sidelines for a long time if you think you have leverage.