Note: these quotes were loosely translated from Portugese using Google Translator

Speaking for the first time since dropping his belt, recently dethroned featherweight champion Jose Aldo sat down for an interview with Brazilian media outlet Combate to give his take on his 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 this past weekend. This loss not only cost Aldo his title, but also marked his first setback in more than six years.

“It is much harder to digest. We trained a lot, did everything right and the result was not positive. It takes a while to digest, but part. This is a sport and we have to accept.”

As far as how much of the loss he remembers, Aldo and his team revealed they have already re-watched the fight, instantly realizing the mistakes that were made.

“So, there wasn’t even a fight, right? Only 13 seconds,” said Aldo. “And I also remember when I came in, how I tried to punch. But, man, it’s hard to say know if it’s I was wrong or he was right. It’s a quick decision, and he was able to connect a good punch when I tried a combination.

It was not soon after the fight when McGregor took to the mic with his “Mystic Mac” gimmick, declaring he foresaw the first round victory. The former champion simply shrugged these comments off, claiming the prediction were simply unfounded.

“So it’s not something he predicted,” said Aldo. Now it’s easy. Now say, “ah, that Aldo lost, they did not know what.” Now it’s easy. If I had won everybody would say he predicted. That does not exist.”

However it appears Aldo will have to wait for a chance to right the ship against McGregor since the new champion has made it clear he wants to move up to 155-pounds and challenge for his second belt. UFC President Dana White seemed to echo these comments, while also revealing the promotion would most likely book McGregor against Frankie Edgar instead of the rematch against Aldo.

The Brazilian, however, wanted no part of these talks, revealing his previous unblemished record in the UFC made him more than deserving of his rematch.

“Soon after (Dana) spoke with me. But I think now is still too early to speak, said Aldo.” Of course, I want a rematch, I think I have that right. Not only me, but my career speaks for itself.

“It wasn’t this time, but for sure we will come out winners. It is a sport, we have to accept. Not only winning one lives life. This makes us stronger. Much stronger. You can be sure we will come back stronger and far more champions than it already was.”

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.