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Morning Report: Matt Brown explains why Jose Aldo deserves the shot at Conor McGregor over Frankie Edgar

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It's amazing to think that someone could go from the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world to an afterthought in just 13 seconds, but that's exactly what's happened to Jose Aldo.

Conor McGregor made short work of Aldo in the main event at UFC 194 and his next match was being discussed before the Brazilian was even up off the mat.

Despite the one-punch knockout, UFC welterweight Matt Brown believes Aldo should still be awarded an immediate rematch.

"I think Aldo should fight Conor. Yeah, I think so 110 percent," Brown told FOX Sports. "I think Aldo has done everything to deserve whatever he wants at this point in his career. That son of a b--ch has been a champion for however many years, undefeated for 10 years, he's been an honorable soldier for the UFC. Maybe he's not the most marketable guy so that's the reason he's not getting it, but he just f---ing deserves it."

McGregor has options, but the promotion seems to be pointing him in one direction. The Irishman could meet lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and vacate his title, or stick around 145 pounds to scrap with No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar.

"Frankie deserves it, too," Brown said of the McGregor fight. "I think he deserves it every bit as much as Aldo but when you're even like that you've got to pick one guy ahead of the other and the 'X' factor in that is Aldo was ex-champion for so many years and he already beat Frankie so he should get the jump in front of Frankie."

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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You think?

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Beef.

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Looking like a welterweight.

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The champ.

Brrrrrrr!!

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Any interest?

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I'd watch.

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Dang.

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How was Sage not a Power Ranger?

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