This wasn't part of the plan!
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Jose Aldo is still miffed that he got knocked out by Conor McGregor at the UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) event last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. But perhaps not nearly as miffed as he is now, watching "Notorious" do whatever the hell he pleases.
Even if it comes at the expense of their gentleman's agreement.
Turns out McGregor -- or Aldo, had he emerged victorious -- was supposed to vacate the 145-pound title before setting sail for 155 pounds. That would allow Frankie Edgar to battle the loser (in this case, Aldo) for the vacant strap, making things neat and tidy.
"I won’t accept another fight if it’s not for the belt. When we signed the contract, the intention was that the winner would fight at lightweight, but we would need to abandon the featherweight belt. That was the plan, that's what they told us. If we fought at lightweight, win or lose, and then had the opportunity to fight at featherweight again, it would be for the title immediately. I think they gave him too much power and he's playing now, calling the shots more than the others. I think that's wrong, no one ever did that. It doesn't matter if it's about money or not at this point, what matters is show who calls the shots, who's the boss, and not just a piece of s--t talking about things you see. He doesn't deserve to be where he is. I've always respected all the merits, but he had more luck than merits."
On the plus side, I hear McGregor got a great deal on his storage unit.
While some fans are likely to accuse Aldo of being butthurt over his recent loss, "Junior" is not the only fighter questioning why McGregor is able to get whatever he wants. Perhaps that's one of the benefits of being able to shut down an entire country?
But, the bigger they are ... well, you know the rest.
For now, the 145-pound division is on hold while McGregor tries his luck at lightweight. And not just against some middling scrub, either, as "Notorious" takes on the red-hot Rafael dos Anjos at the UFC 197 pay-per-view (PPV) event on March 5 in "Sin City."
The winner may or may not have a handshake agreement to move up to welterweight.