These days, it’s tough to believe what comes out of the mouth of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White when it comes to potential fights, particularly when Featherweight champion Conor McGregor is involved. Indeed, it appeared McGregor was going to absolutely take part in a title unification rematch against Jose Aldo after UFC 202, while Khabib Nurmagomedov was going to vie for the Lightweight strap against Eddie Alvarez.
Then, late last night White flipped the script, booking McGregor in a "super fight" against Alvarez, which is set to headline UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 12, 2016. Sure, White has to keep mum on big fight announcements until the time is right, but empty promises can leave a bad taste in the mouth of the top-ranked contender -- in this case interim division champion -- when he heads off in a completely different direction.
While seemingly not as bent as Nurmagomedov, Aldo took to Twitter to express his disappointment, only to delete it shortly thereafter.
Good tweet. Don't understand deleting it. I do think people will want this rematch if they truly believe he wants it. pic.twitter.com/Rtqqh33ELt— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 27, 2016
It's actually not so clear cut for Aldo, who lost to McGregor via 13-second first round knockout at UFC 196 back in Dec. 2015. White mentioned that McGregor will have to forfeit one of the two belts if he is able to defeat Alvarez at UFC 205. And all indications would point to McGregor preferring to remain at 155 pounds because of the weight cut and Aldo, who became the interim gatekeeper with a win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 this past summer, reclaiming the division whole without ever rematching "Notorious."
Time will tell. Meanwhile, the 145-pound division remains on pause for nearly a full year.