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Monday Morning Hangover: What's next for Jose Aldo after 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC 194 blew the roof of the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday night (Sat., Dec. 12, 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For complete coverage including play-by-play results click here.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Ronaldo Souza, who saw his title hopes go up in flames after Yoel Romero walked away with a split decision victory (recap). And Chris Weidman, who suffered the first loss of his career and coughed up his Middleweight title to Luke Rockhold, who beat the brakes off the former champ.

Highlights here.

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?

Jose Aldo.

After several months of waiting, the Brazilian bomber finally got his chance to put hands on Conor McGregor, the man who made his life a living hell for most of 2015. Plus, he had a chance to not only silence "Notorious," but the rest of the naysayers who doubted his fight-cancelling rib injury.

Unfortunately for "Junior," his night ended before it had a chance to begin, as McGregor flat out obliterated Aldo in 13-seconds, blasting the former champion with a devastating left hook that put him down for the count (see it again here).

That said, there isn't much to go on to dissect the fight, so what went wrong for Aldo is up for interpretation. You can say he let his eagerness or the moment get the best of him, or he simply got hammered by a perfectly-timed strike.

Or both.

Whichever way you decide to break it down, the fact of the matter is Aldo suffered his first loss in 10 years and his place atop of the 145-pound division. One he held since he days of wrecking house under the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization.

Now the road to redemption begins for Aldo -- who was obviously devastated with the loss, tearing up inside the Octagon during his post-fight interview -- begins.

And if you think he's going to call it quits, think again, as he declared prior to UFC 194 that he wouldn't be hanging up his gloves, regardless of the outcome.  His next opponent, however, might be tricky to find, as it will depend on whether or not Conor decided to go up to lightweight to claim that title, as well.

That's because UFC president Dana White hinted at the possibility of Aldo facing Frankie Edgar next should "Notorious" decide to pack on the pounds.

And it makes sense, really, as Edgar is in line to face Conor for the featherweight title first. With a win over "The Answer," Aldo can sneak his way into a rematch against the fiery Irishman.

While it's not a fair scenario for Edgar, it would seem to be the most logical one should Conor decide to bang with the boys up north.

Because at the end of the day, whether you like it or not, the ball is now solely in McGregor's court.

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