A rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is in the works for UFC 200, but former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo still hopes he gets the next crack at "The Notorious".
The Brazilian fighter, who lost his 145-pound belt to McGregor in December, is against the idea of booking the Irishman in a fight outside the featherweight division next, especially after his loss to Diaz in a welterweight contest at UFC 196.
"You will come back (to the featherweight division) with your tail between your legs after what happened, after that embarrassment," Aldo told Esporte Espetacular. "You will come back. My hand almost caught you, but when it does for good, you will sleep."
McGregor had a good start against Diaz, connecting solid shots in the opening round before slowing down and getting dominated in the second round and tapping to a rear-naked choke.
"He’s a lion when he’s attacking, but a kitten when he’s getting beat up," Aldo said. "Everybody saw in his eyes that he’s just a p---- that quits when he’s getting beat up. That’s what we saw."
With McGregor-Diaz targeted for UFC 200, Aldo insists that the fight the world wants to see is his rematch for the featherweight crown.
"I’m waiting for the rematch," he said. "It’s the right thing to do in my opinion because there was no fight, and everybody wants to see a fight. Everybody wants to see me beating him up, and that’s what I’m going to do. I will run through him, that’s a fact. I don’t see other scenario in my head besides going there and winning, and getting my belt back."