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Jose Aldo repeats call for Conor McGregor rematch

Published 14/12/2015

Conor McGregor, left, fights Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Conor McGregor, left, fights Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Jose Aldo has rubbished any retirement talk and vowed to bounce back after his dramatic defeat at the hands of Ireland's Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

In an interview on Brazilian television, the former UFC featherweight champion was magnanimous in defeat and wants another crack at the new champion.

Conor McGregor, left, fights Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Conor McGregor, left, fights Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Asked if he will be looking for a rematch, he said, "Of course, if God wills it, now, firstly I want to get back to gym and come back stronger. And of course, a rematch. I think every champion, after losing, and especially the way I lost - no excuses, I lost, he connected with a good strike and was successful - but, of course, I want a rematch. If God wills it, we will come back a lot stronger, and we will bounce back.

"Of course, we are sad, for all that happened, but dude, it's a matter of getting over it. It has passed. This is a sport, it's part of it, winning and losing. We've been victorious many times, and now we lost. That's ok. I already accepted it. Now I'll go back to the gym, train harder and bounce back."

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Aldo was also quoted on Brazilian website Combate where he questioned whether the KO was a result of an error on his part or down to McGregor's skilll.

"It still is too hard to digest. We trained hard, did everything right, and the result wasn’t positive. It takes a while for us to digest, but it’s part (of the sport). It’s a sport and we have to accept.

Champion: Conor McGregor celebrates after his first-round knockout victory
Champion: Conor McGregor celebrates after his first-round knockout victory

"So, there wasn’t even a fight, right? Only 13 seconds. And I also remember when I came in, how I tried to punch. But, man, it’s hard to say know if it’s (his) success or (my) mistake. It’s a quick decision, and he was able to connect a good punch when I tried a combination."

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Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

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