Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Jose Aldo has called the division's interim belt b******t and says he is the champion and no one else. The Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter is eyeing a fight with current lightweight champion Conor McGregor but says that the clash will happen only at the lightweight division.
Aldo was named the featherweight champion after the UFC authorities decided to strip McGregor of the title while also naming an interim champion. Max Holloway who beat Anthony Pettis at the UFC 206 event for the interim championship currently holds that belt with the duo expected to face off in a battle to unify the division at UFC 208, which will be held at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York on 11 February.
The 30-year-old, however, believes that he is the rightful champion since he has beaten everybody.
"This interim belt is b******t. That is what the belt means. I'm the champion, if it is not going to be against Holloway, I could do a super fight or fight in another division", Aldo said, as quoted by Fox Sports.
What Aldo is desperately looking for, however, is a chance to avenge his loss to McGregor at UFC 194, where he suffered his first loss in a decade after being knocked out in just 13 seconds and resulted in him losing his featherweight title.
"I want to get a fight with Conor, but as he is running from the fight, but we will fight at lightweight. I don't want to fight him at featherweight. I'm the champion and I've been beating everyone. I want to fight in another division too, since this is possible now. It is not possible for just one guy, I will ask for a fight", the Brazilian added.
The rematch between Aldo and McGregor looks unlikely to happen in the near future considering the Irishman has taken an unspecified break from the sport as he awaits the birth of his first child with long-time girlfriend Dee Devlin, who is expected to give birth early next year.