Rafael do Anjos has been sidelined due to an injury and won't fight Conor McGregor at UFC 196, so it looks like McGregor is going to need to fight somebody else. Unfortunately, that "somebody else" won't be José Aldo, according to his coach and manager Andre Pederneiras:
"Dana [White] called me, telling what happened and asking if Aldo was in shape to fight. I said he wasn’t and that there wasn’t enough time, and unfortunately he wouldn’t be able to fight next week."
But it's not like Aldo doesn't want to take on McGregor. On January 27, via Instagram, Aldo stated that he would only return to the ring in a title fight — but he would have a rematch with McGregor "any time, anywhere":
"For everything I have done, everything I have accepted and mostly how the fight ended, I will not accept any other fight other than a title shot. My only exception would be fighting [McGregor], at any time, anywhere, and once that he is afraid and knows that I'm gonna win... Doesn't have to be title fight against him. Keep my belt, but I wanna whoop [your] ass anywhere."
Aldo lost to McGregor on December in 13 seconds. During a recent media event, Aldo said that he "returned to training a while ago, adjusting my weapons and getting better," but didn’t expect his next move to "be decided until dos Anjos’s fight with Conor."