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Morning Report: Pitching Frankie Edgar, Joe Rogan says a rematch between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo would be 'hard to sell'

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Does Jose Aldo deserve a rematch?

That's the question being floated days after the dramatic end to his four-year reign as UFC featherweight champion.

Aldo was stopped just 13 seconds into his main event bout opposite Conor McGregor at UFC 194, but fans, media and even notables like former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones have voiced support in seeing the Brazilian get a second chance right away.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan isn't part of that camp.

"The problem with doing a rematch with Conor McGregor and Aldo is that it would be so hard to sell when a guy gets knocked out quick," Rogan said Monday on his podcast. "When you hype it up for as long as you did, for two separate events, it dies off and then the first punch Conor connects with puts him out? It's hard to sell that.

"If you want to look at his lineage and history, yea, a guy who was champion for 10 years[sic], he should have a rematch."

But when it came to what exactly Aldo was owed, Rogan isn't buying the argument that the former champ "deserves" a rematch.

"Does he?" asked Rogan. "I think a lot of what [UFC] has done has been based on what compelling contenders they have for that title. Compelling contenders where you look at their style and the style of the current champion. If you wanted to make the most intriguing stylistic matchup, I think it's Frankie Edgar. A guy who won the title at 155 pounds, beat legends in B.J. Penn, just knocked out Chad Mendes with one punch, before that beat the f**k out of Cub Swanson. He's smushed everyone they've put in front of him for a few years now. He's a monster."

Rogan has made it clear he'd like to see former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey take a considerable layoff to recover from her knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November. He's carried that thinking right over to Aldo.

"Some people are mad that I said I don't think it's smart that Aldo fight right away," Rogan said. "First of all, Aldo got knocked dead. When you get knocked dead like that you need a long time off. You need at least six months off. Conor McGregor could fight next Tuesday and so could Frankie Edgar.

"I think that fight would be f***ing bananas. For a fan, I'm so excited to see that fight. Frankie has a very dangerous style for a guy like Conor who was taken down repeatedly by Chad Mendes. He's a nasty wrester. His cardio is off the chain. His footwork is fantastic. He's got [striking coach] Mark Henry in his corner. They're going to come up with a badass gameplan. Between Henry and [McGregor coach John Kavanagh] and a winner like Frankie and a winner like Conor, goddamn."



Big business. Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar lead the payrolls from UFC 194 (here) and The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale (here).

'It's still is too hard to digest.' Jose Aldo reacts to his KO loss to Conor McGregor and makes the case for a rematch.

The fall. Longtime head trainer Andre Pederneiras responds to Jose Aldo's critics. "The king has left, but will be back shortly."

Checking in. Brazilian fighters voice their support for Jose Aldo.

Champs on champs. Jon Jones believes if Ronda Rousey gets an immediate rematch, so should former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Watch The MMA Hour with John Kavanagh, Ido Portal, Anthony Pettis, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rose Namajunas, Aljamain Sterling, Javier Mendez, Lance Palmer and Tony Ferguson.




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