Conor McGregor Sent Jose Aldo a Gift After UFC 200
Aldo (30-7) returned to the octagon seven months after a devastating 12-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194. In his return bout, Aldo faced former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Aldo outclassed Edgar for 25 minutes and became the UFC interim featherweight champion.
Burying the Hatchet
During an appearance on the Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca, Aldo revealed that he received a gift from former opponent Conor McGregor after his bout. “When I fought Frankie Edgar and won the title again, (McGregor and I) were staying at the same hotel, side by side. He saw me and even sent a gift congratulating me for the belt I had just won,” Aldo said. “That was intimate, brother. He knows that he sent it to my room. I see no problem with that. It was a way of trying to show love for my family and me. It was really intimate. It was nice, it was nice. I don’t know what his intentions were. But it was nice.”
Former Champions on Different Paths
Jose Aldo is currently ranked #5 in the UFC bantamweight division and is scheduled to face #4 ranked Rob Font on December 4, 2021. Should he emerge victoriously, Aldo will be in the mix for a UFC bantamweight title shot.
McGregor is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in his bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Anticipating a return to the Octagon in the spring/summer of 2022, McGregor has stayed active on social media, recently acknowledging a challenge thrown down by Michael Chandler. A post on Twitter featuring a doctored image of McGregor and Chandler face-to-face got the attention of the former champ-champ. “I’m down at some stage for sure,” McGregor tweeted.