Jose Aldo, a former UFC featherweight champion who battles Frankie Edgar for the interim title on the same night on July 9, was on the media tour during the week, and criticized "The Notorious" for his decision.
"That proves how weak he is," Aldo told ESPN. "I don't see him as an athlete, I don't respect him. In my opinion, he's weaker than everything he always said."
Aldo (25-2) and Edgar (20-4-1) will rematch at UFC 200 for a chance to meet McGregor for the undisputed 145-pound belt later this year. During today’s press conference in New York, Aldo says he still feels he’s the champion, and the Edgar bout is the final step before avenging a 13-second loss to McGregor.