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Jose Aldo: Conor McGregor won’t have any UFC belt by the end of 2016

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Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Conor McGregor wants to make history as the first fighter to hold two (and maybe three) UFC titles simultaneously, but former champion Jose Aldo predicts a tough future for "The Notorious."

Hoping for a rematch with McGregor after losing his belt in December, Aldo told the media in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday that Rafael dos Anjos will win at UFC 196, and the Irishman won’t be remembered by the fans by the end of 2016.

"I think it’s tough," Aldo said when asked if he thinks McGregor can beat dos Anjos and go after the welterweight title next. "And I’ll say this: I don’t think he will have any belt by the end of the year. And everyone will forget him. He has this dream, this goal, but you can be sure that he won’t have any (belt) by the end of the year."

"A fight is a fight and you have to respect the other side," Aldo added, "but I see Rafael with the (lightweight) belt and the (featherweight) belt back to me. That’s a fact."

McGregor is scheduled to face dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight belt on March 5, and Aldo backs his countryman.

"I expect a win from dos Anjos," said the Nova Uniao fighter. "I’m a patriot Brazilian and I will always root for a Brazilian no matter what. I will root for him. I wish him all the luck, I hope he wins."