The rivalry between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor just went up another notch.
During a recent media scrum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aldo -- the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion -- explained to reporters that the reason he turned down a short-notice rematch against "Notorious" at UFC 196 was due to his belief that the Irishman was "full of juice."
He broke it down to MMA Fighting:
"The fight was not at featherweight. Why would I rematch him in a different weight class with no belt? Now, to make this fight at 155, where he was full of juice in his body, where he hides and nobody tests him, only when he gets to Las Vegas, a week before the fight, and then it's way easier for you to clean the body and fight. They offered the fight knowing that I wasn't trained at all. I can't say anything. I can train, beat Frankie Edgar and then know that I've earned my fight for the title again. We called and texted him every day (asking for the rematch) and nothing. There was no talk for a month. I waited for a call from Dana (White) for three weeks, and when he texted ‘Dede' (Pederneiras) I was doing a charity soccer match in Manaus, and he talked about replacing Rafael. He knew I wasn't training because I was coming back from (medical) suspension. They already had in mind who to put against Conor. That's the path they try to follow, and it's kind of dirty to me. There's no negotiation. We ask, and not always we get a response. When they respond is like that, and then they say they love us. It's a bit weird. But what can I do?"
Some say "substances," Conor says steaks.
In fairness, Conor has never failed a UFC post-fight drug test, as evidenced by his clean results following his Welterweight fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 196.
Nevertheless, Aldo will have a chance to rematch Conor at 145-pounds if he can defeat Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. That's the same night "Notorious" will look to get some revenge on Nate, as they run it back one more time in the main event.