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23rd Mar 2019

Conor McGregor considered giving Jose Aldo a rematch at UFC 237

'The Notorious' was willing to travel into enemy territory

Darragh Murphy

Conor McGregor has made it clear that he wants to fight in Brazil before he hangs up his gloves

Last month, McGregor reiterated his desire to experience the famous Brazilian atmosphere and he has now revealed that he was tempted to travel to Rio De Janeiro for a rematch with Jose Aldo in May.

McGregor knocked Aldo out just 13 seconds into their grudge match in the main event of UFC 194 in 2015 but Aldo has steadied his career ship in recent years, scoring back-to-back knockout wins over Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano.

Aldo will now meet Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237 but, apparently, McGregor was considering giving his former rival a rematch at the Rio event.

“Even Aldo now currently, he had a great win, his last two wins were great wins,” McGregor said at a recent Q&A event in Chicago, via

“He had a little bit of a slip, but he’s had two great wins and now he’s fighting in his hometown of Rio De Janeiro.

“I actually was thinking I might slide in and face him, but all these politics and co-main event conversation kind of halted that as well. If he wins, I believe he’s up in line for a rematch also.

“Although it was a 12-second knockout, I still think if you rise up again, you deserve a rematch. So, this is where we are at.”

With his suspension for his role in the UFC 229 brawl set to expire next month, McGregor was reportedly in talks to face Donald Cerrone in the summer but his conditions for fighting in a co-main event seemingly acted as a stumbling block.

Cerrone is now set to fight Al Iaquinta, while McGregor’s next move remains to be seen.

While he is eager to get another crack at Khabib Nurmagomedov, ‘The Notorious’ is also looking at other potential rematches with fighters he’s beaten in the past.

“If you beat a man convincingly, a first-round KO or a dominating performance, there’s not really a need for a rematch,” McGregor said.

“But, if that individual rises up the ranks, if he goes back, checks himself, humbles himself, stays focused, stays positive and rises up exactly like Dustin Poirier has done and exactly like Max Holloway has done, well then there are rematches deserved.”