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Jose Aldo laments loss to Conor: 'I could have lost to Frankie Edgar or Chad Mendes'

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Jose Aldo talks about how devastated he was when he lost to Conor McGregor and believes he will have a chance to fight "The Notorious" again in the future.

Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor
Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor
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As much as he doesn't like it, Jose Aldo admitted it hurt when he was knocked out by Conor McGregor after having to hear him taunt and trash talk for almost one whole year in 2015. During a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, the former UFC featherweight champion went on to say he wouldn't have a problem losing to Frankie Edgar or Chad Mendes.

"That was the thing that hurt he most, for sure." he told Combate. "Everyone who knows me, my family, my friends at the gym, they knew that I always said I would lose one day and I would accept my defeat, but not to that guy, because of the proportion things took. It hurt more because of that. I could have lost to Frankie Edgar or Chad Mendes who I fought really hard against, or any other athlete, really. I was disappointed in myself, I couldn't lose that day."

Even though he admits how much of a disappointment the loss was, Aldo remains confident he will have another chance to face McGregor in the future and win.

"I have one thing in my mind. He'll be here a while and I work for the UFC, we have a contract. The world will keep turning and sooner or later he will be in front of me again and then I'll run over him."

Jose Aldo lost the UFC featherweight belt when he was knocked out in 13 seconds by Conor McGregor at UFC 194, in Las Vegas on December 12. At the moment, no date for his return to the Octagon has been set. McGregor is now scheduled for a lightweight title bout against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 197 on March 5th.