Conor McGregor calls for rematch after Jose Aldo’s second boxing bout; Aldo responds

Conor McGregor wants a Jose Aldo rematch, but in boxing.

By: Anton Tabuena | 2 months ago
Conor McGregor calls for rematch after Jose Aldo’s second boxing bout; Aldo responds
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MMA legend Jose Aldo competed in his second boxing match this past weekend at Gamebred Boxing 4. He faced off against fellow UFC standout Jeremy Stephens in a six round contest.

Both MMA fighters stood toe to toe in a back and forth and entertaining boxing match. It was close, with some pundits scoring it for Aldo, but the end result didn’t have a winner. One judge had it scored 58-56 for Aldo, while two other judges gave it 57-57 scores to end up with the majority draw.

This would be Aldo’s second boxing match after he previously won a decision against a journeyman in his debut last February.

Even if he didn’t officially take the win against Stephens, it was an entertaining contest with numerous fighters coming to praise the former longtime UFC and WEC featherweight champion’s performance.

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Conor McGregor calls for a rematch, Aldo responds

Among those who reacted to Aldo’s bout was his former rival in Conor McGregor. The Irishman took to Twitter to call for a rematch, but wanted it to happen in a different sport.

While the event promoter Jorge Masvidal said he’s interested, Aldo quickly dismissed the idea when asked about a potential rematch.

“Conor, shut your f–king mouth,” Aldo responded through a translator. “We were supposed to fight (again) before in UFC. You ran, and now you still talk shit.”

The former rivals originally faced off way back in 2015, with Conor McGregor taking the victory in what would become his signature win in just 14 seconds. An MMA rematch never materialized, with McGregor immediately moving up in weight and never defending the featherweight belt he won.

Apart from UFC and restrictive contracts, that weight is also a big factor on why a rematch isn’t likely to happen. Aldo, now 36, dropped down to 135 lbs late in his UFC career and decided to move up to 140 lbs for this boxing match. Conor McGregor, on the other hand, has bulked up a lot — especially recently, and looks like he would now struggle to even cut to 155 lbs.

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Anton Tabuena
Anton Tabuena

Anton Tabuena is the Managing Editor for Bloody Elbow. He’s been covering MMA and combat sports since 2009, and has also fought in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

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