Early this week, Jose Aldo was reinstated back as world featherweight champion after the UFC decided to strip Conor McGregor of the said title. According to Aldo, however, it is something he had foreseen to happen.
"I knew this would happen. To me, I never stopped being the champion. I lost that fight due to an eventuality. I knew I would win a rematch and become the champion again,” Aldo said.
Aldo will be either fight Anthony Pettis or Max Holloway next, as the two face each other at UFC 206 on December 10th. Now that he once again holds the title he lost nearly a year ago, Aldo also declared his intent to hold another lengthy title reign.
"I was always the champion and will always be as long as I’m in the featherweight division. No matter what happens, I will always be the champion. I had no doubt about it,” Aldo told Planeta SporTV (via MMA Fighting). “The moment I lost, I knew the belt would be mine. It was a matter of time. It’s not the way I wanted, but I’m happy because I know I’m the champion."
Aldo recognized that he is up against tough competition in either Pettis or Holloway. But if he does defend his title successfully, Aldo says he is also willing to jump up ten pounds to face McGregor in a rematch.
"First, I want to defend my title, and then go after a fight with him (at lightweight). Just like Dana (White) said, we can choose who we want to fight, so I want to fight him. That’s what will happen.”