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Jose Aldo: Conor McGregor rematch ‘will never happen'

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Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor face off ahead of UFC 194.
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It doesn’t matter who UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo faces inside the Octagon, Conor McGregor’s name will always surround him.

“Scarface" headlines UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 3, against interim titleholder Max Holloway, and he told reporters during a conference call on Thursday that he doesn’t expect to get a second shot at McGregor.

"Everybody says things today that I don’t even understand why,” Aldo said when asked about McGregor. "Conor was good for one side, let’s say, because he brought more attention to the division and to myself. On another side, to talk about the fight, man, that’s in the past.

"Everybody still asks me if I want or if I don’t want (to fight him again). That’s not up to me. That's up to the UFC, and we know it will never happen. I don’t even know if he will come back to fight. The UFC tried to do a (second) fight and he didn’t want it, didn’t accept it, because what happened will never happen again.”

Aldo bounced back from his 13-second loss to McGregor with a unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. “The Notorious," meanwhile, is looking to face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match after winning the UFC lightweight gold last November.

The Brazilian is confident they will never rematch, even if he moves up to lightweight to go after the Irishman.

"I couldn’t care less what Conor does or doesn’t do,” Aldo said. "I’m a UFC fighter and I’m the best featherweight. I have to focus on training and evolving to defend my belt.”

Asked about his plans for the future, Aldo again mentioned his desire to start a career in boxing, saying he already spoke with UFC president Dana White about it.

Before thinking about a move to the ring, though, the Nova Uniao featherweight has to focus on Holloway.

"I think Max is a big challenge, an opponent that I already expected to face in the future,” Aldo said. "I try to look at every up-and-comer. I’m a reference (point), I’m a target. Everybody wants the champion, so I try to study every young athlete that enters the division.

"It’s another test for me,” Aldo added. "He’s a young guy, hungry to win. He’s another one who will try and fail. That’s for sure."

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