The UFC gave Jose Aldo two weeks' notice to step in the ring with Conor McGregor after Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of the fight due to a broken fight. Aldo declined the fight and he has no regrets about his decision.
Aldo has been on record saying that he would fight McGregor "any time, anywhere," but had just returned to training when his manager got the call from UFC president Dana White offering the rematch against McGregor.
"Any professional needs time to train. It’s not a cockfight where I go there and put my rooster to fight. It’s a high-level sport, I’m going there to do my job. When I have time to train, it can happen at any time, anywhere."
There's been no announcement as to when we can expect Aldo back in the ring, but according to the Brazilian, even the UFC agrees that he should have a shot at the featherweight belt when he returns.
"I can’t speak for others, and I don’t care what they say. I know I deserve an immediate rematch. People who say I don’t, I don’t care about them. The important is what the UFC thinks and what we think. We came to the conclusion that we’re having an immediate rematch."
As for when he DOES step in the ring against McGregor? Aldo is confident he knows the outcome.
"I know I will win (the belt) again."
For now, Aldo has no desire in a non-title fight and is eyeing UFC 200 to make his return.
"I want to fight at UFC 200. It’s a historical edition, a great event. I would like to be part of it."