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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor praises Jose Aldo, who ‘deserved more’ after title loss

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Conor McGregor’s 13-second knockout win over Jose Aldo has to rank highly in the history of the sport’s greatest win. After years of buildup and a decade of dominance, the brash Irish athlete sparked the legend with essentially his first punch of the night, ending the rivalry in an instant.

Immediately afterward, Aldo dedicated himself to earning a rematch, picking up an interim title in the process. Unfortunately, McGregor was on the hunt for a second title, further superstardom, and his biggest paychecks yet. Aldo continued to fight the best at Featherweight for another couple years, before relocating to 135-pounds, where he’s now a top contender.

Safe to say, McGregor — who continually flirts with a Welterweight move — fighting Aldo a second time is extremely unlikely. Given some distance between their feud, both men have been increasingly respectful towards the other.

In fact, McGregor now says he ‘would have loved’ an Aldo rematch. The time has passed, but it’s definitely a different tune than when the rematch would have actually made sense.

“Good to see Aldo had a good win the other week,” McGregor began. “What a warrior that man is. It was an honor to share the Octagon. I would’ve loved to do it again. He deserved more, I would have thought. But, a lot of respect for Jose Aldo and the Brazilians.”

Chalk this one up as a missed connection.

Instead, Conor McGregor will likely continue chasing a fourth match with Dustin Poirier, though the merits of that tetralogy are very much up for debate.

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