After an epic battle with Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor still has a featherweight title to defend and former champ Jose Aldo is looking for redemption. Let’s see what the UFC odds makers are dealing on this championship tilt.
Not Nate Diaz - at least that's what Dana White declared shortly after UFC 202. “We're definitely not doing this a third time right now,” said White. The operative words are "right now" as the rubber match of the highly anticipated trilogy could very well break records after McGregor and Diaz scrapped for five furious rounds on Saturday night with McGregor earning a majority decision. Ultimately, when the two decide to tango again it will be at 155 pounds, a division more suited to McGregor and also Diaz's former weight class.
Dana White has pretty much drawn a line in the sand as far as the future of the featherweight title. The UFC's head shot caller has made it clear that if McGregor does not defend his 145-pound strap then interim champ Jose Aldo will claim his throne once again by default. While many would like to see McGregor climb to the lightweight division, and avoid the welterweight division once and for all, it would seem feasible for "The Notorious" to battle Aldo for a rematch. It would be almost preposterous for McGregor to defend against anyone but Aldo as "Scarface" deserves at least that much after staying undefeated for a decade and reigning as featherweight king for six long years.
Aldo vs. McGregor II
The only UFC odds makers willing to deal a line on a fight that is far from a done deal are the boys over at Coral. As of this writing, McGregor is the obvious favorite after he starched Aldo in the first go-round in only 13 seconds of the opening round. If you are eager to include the reigning 145-pound champ in your UFC picks over Jose Aldo then you are looking at laying about -170 on McGregor with a return of +150 on Aldo.
It will be interesting to see if McGregor voluntarily hands over the hardware to Aldo in order to toil in the lightweight division. Prior to Diaz/McGregor I, the boisterous Irishman had his sights on Rafael dos Anjos and the lightweight crown. But as we all know, dos Anjos got injured and McGregor went from training at 155 pounds to 170 pounds in the blink of an eye. Little did he know that the opponents he so routinely floored at featherweight would not stay fallen for very long at 170 pounds.
In the first welterweight fight of his career, he ripped Nate Diaz with his infamous sledgehammers time and time again in the opening round but the native of Stockton, California would not go to sleep. Tough-as-nails Diaz got up off the canvas and continued to battle even though he could barely see through the crimson curtain, courtesy of Conor McGregor. In the second round, McGregor was noticeably fatigued and accepted Diaz's invitation to roll on the mat which proved to be his undoing as he tapped out at 4:12 of that round.
McGregor was far more prepared for the long haul in their second fight as he once again hammered Diaz in the opening rounds but looked like he was going to fade again as Diaz thoroughly dominated the third. Somehow, McGregor summoned the strength to claim the fourth and deciding round en route to his majority decision after Diaz won the fifth.
Jose Aldo has been salivating at the thought of getting one more shot at the man who not only pierced the veil of his invincibility but tossed a hand grenade on it. And as logical as this fight is, let's consider another scenario. Suppose for a moment that McGregor goes rogue and demands a title fight with Eddie Alvarez, the reigning 155-pound king who defeated dos Anjos handily after he returned from the injury which precluded him from fighting McGregor. Let's assume for the sake of argument that McGregor defeats Alvarez and claims the lightweight title. Well guess who just might be on McGregor's dance card for his first title defense? That's right - Nate Diaz - and with a title on the line no less!
Stay tuned as this is a fluid situation. SBR will be updating as we get more information in the coming weeks.