Jose Aldo was the only featherweight champion in UFC history, defending the belt a record seven times before losing against Conor McGregor in 13 seconds on Saturday night.
It was a fight that was heavily anticipated, with an electric, yet anti-climatic finish.
If the two fought again, it’s highly unlikely that McGregor would throw one punch and knock Aldo out again that quickly. The way the fight ended left a lot to be desired, and even McGregor admitted he wished the fight would have gone a little longer although he felt the outcome would have been the same.
Should Jose Aldo be granted an immediate rematch?
Aldo said he believes the UFC should do an immediate rematch in his octagon post-fight interview, and he’s right based on what he has accomplished as UFC featherweight champion and how the UFC has treated long reigning champions in the past.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez got wrecked against Fabricio Werdum coming off a long layoff and has been granted an immediate rematch at UFC 196. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey got wrecked in her last outing against Holly Holm and will receive an immediate rematch at UFC 200.
Velasquez isn’t a huge PPV draw either and hasn’t accomplished near as much as Jose Aldo, whereas Rousey’s return against Holm could set the UFC all-time PPV record. So it’s hard to gauge how and why the UFC determines immediate rematches
I will agree that it’s a hard sale for the UFC because the fight ended so quickly.
Aldo isn’t a huge PPV draw. They have a fighter in Frankie Edgar who is deserving of a title shot, and who some think provides matchup problems for McGregor. He’s also coming off an electric first round KO win over Chad Mendes on Friday night.
The timing of Aldo’s loss, and the way he lost could have cost him the opportunity he deserves at an immediate rematch.