In May, Jose Aldo said that his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 reignited the spark that made him champion in the WEC. Yesterday, 'Scarface' reaffirmed those sentiments during a UFC conference call and said he plans to be more 'aggressive' in the future.
"I changed, tried to mix a bit and train like I used to before," Aldo said, per Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting. "A lot of striking and grappling... I tried to mix those things. I stopped and looked back at what brought me to the top as a champion, so I decided to do exactly that. Be more aggressive and show that I really want to win the fight."
The former featherweight champion will have a chance to avenge his loss to 'The Notorious' when he takes on Frankie Edgar for the interim 145-pound title at UFC 200. And, although Aldo says his loss to McGregor is firmly in the past, the Brazilian wants nothing more than to reclaim the belt he once held for four years.
"(I want) to get my belt back. I only think about it. I want my belt back. That's my biggest motivation. It doesn't matter who the opponent is, Frankie or whoever. What motivates me is to win the belt."
McGregor currently has his hands tied with Nate Diaz, who he will rematch in another welterweight tilt at UFC 202, but is expected to return to the featherweight division to defend the title.
Aldo, who hopes a win over Edgar will ensure a rematch with McGregor by the end of the year, takes on 'The Answer' at the UFC 200 pay-per-view on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.