ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

After his devastating KO of Jose Aldo at UFC 194, Conor McGregor has not spent any time at all looking back. He almost immediately began training for an even bigger (literally) challenge: a crack at the lightweight title, and a chance to become the first ever simultaneous two-division champ in the UFC.

Jose Aldo meanwhile, has not yet figured out what his next step is. He has yet to schedule his next fight, likely due to the fact that McGregor's weight class shift has meant there's no clear match-up to be made at featherweight just yet.

At the very least though, Jose Aldo is not kicking himself for making a mistake in their 13 second fight. In fact, he's still adamant that he made the smart moves, and just happened to get caught.

He recently spoke to the media at the opening of a restaurant he owns in Brazil.

"The fight was one punch only. My punch barely hit but cut him. Imagine if it connected completely, it would have ripped his head off," he said. "But he had the merit to connect a good punch and end the fight."

"Everybody said I rushed when I decided to attack him, that I never did that before," he added. "But I already won in seven seconds before, how did I rush now?"

"I went to do something traditional in a fight between a right-handed and a southpaw. I threw a hand in his chest and a cross on top. He had done two attacks before and I went for a normal attack. He had the merit to land a good punch, but I didn't rush anything or was angry."

"Everybody said I was too angry. Angry about what? I'm always cool in there. I go in there to do what I trained. I trained that. I threw a hand in his chest and then a cross. I thought about throwing a kick earlier but I thought no, he prepared something for the kick, for sure.

"I threw a boxing combination, which is normal for those who understand about fighting. He managed to get out and connect a good punch that caught me off base and finished the fight."

In any case, Aldo doesn't seem to care at all what Conor McGregor is up to, or what that man has to say.

"Like I said, I don't care, I think about myself and those who I represent. I couldn't care less what he says or doesn't say."


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