Former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, and Frankie Edgar are set to square off on the main card of UFC 200 in an interim title bout. Unfortunately, neither fighter really buys into the whole "interim title" thing.
Frankie Edgar has already come out and stated that it's more about deciding who will be the number one featherweight contender. Who ever wins the Aldo-Edgar Match, will simply be a placeholder until McGregor finishes whatever he's doing with Diaz at 170 pounds. Aldo feels a little weird that he and Edgar will be fighting on the same night as McGregor and Diaz.
"He will be fighting at the same night in a different division, in a rematch that means nothing. We asked for a rematch. For everything I’ve done, all the years as champion, I deserved a rematch, but what can I do? I had to accept. We’re not the ones making the call. We’ll go there and win. I respect Frankie Edgar, but it’s our first step towards the belt."
Aldo furthered his frustration while talking to media at a recent scrum in Rio de Janeiro:
"It’s a bit frustrating, of course, because we expected the title fight, but it’s kind of what they said they would do, that we would fight Frankie Edgar for the belt, but it’s not the undisputed belt. But what can I do? We’re hired to go there and fight."
This isn't the first time Aldo has taken issues with the idea of an interim belt. Back at UFC 189, an interim title match was created for McGregor against Chad Mendes, after Aldo had to pull out due to an injury. Aldo chastised the concept and, now that he's facing a similar situation, hasn't changed his tune about the whole ordeal.
"It means nothing. I want the victory so I get the belt next. That’s the first step we’re taking. Interim belt is made for media and fans, not for me. I want the undisputed belt. I respect Frankie Edgar, but I’ll get there and win. This lit that fire again, this desire to go there and win."
UFC President Dana White has stated that after McGregor's fight with Diaz, he'll have no choice but to drop back down to featherweight and defend his title. No matter what happens between him and Diaz.
UFC 200 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9, 2016.