“Obviously, there was luck involved. He was lucky to get that shot in right away. If my punch would have landed a little lower, then he would have been the one on the mat. So, there was definitely luck involved… Obviously, I’m not happy that I didn’t get a rematch. It’s disrespectful due to everything I’ve done. I’m deserving of a rematch and it’s not just me who says that. Everyone has been coming up to me, asking when the rematch is going to happen. But I’m an employee for the UFC and this is what they decided. What can I do? Conor is going to have to come back [to the division] to fight me. I expect that. Everybody expects that.”
-Jose Aldo talks to ESPN.com about his loss to Conor McGregor and the eventual rematch he expects down the line.
Penick’s Analysis: It’s easy to claim “lucky” on a spot like that, but the same could be said of Aldo’s double flying knee win over Cub Swanson, or any other number of exciting quick finishes. There’s still significant skill involved in what both accomplished. Could things go the other way in a rematch? Of course. Aldo was on top for ten years for a reason, and if he beats Frankie Edgar and gets his chance to fight McGregor again that bout could go entirely in his favor. It’s a rematch that should happen at some point, and it’s a fight he deserves. Still, McGregor and his win in December can’t be written off. It happened, Aldo went out cold, and whether he wants to accept that or not it’s reality.
[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]
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