Jose Aldo compares McGregor loss to Halley’s Comet: Happens only ‘once every 100 years’ –

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NEW YORK CITY – Jose Aldo’s nearly 10-year winning streak came to an abrupt end in December when Conor McGregor knocked him out in 13 seconds and claimed the Brazilian’s UFC featherweight title. Four months later, “Scarface” still maintains the outcome was a fluke.

Once perfect punch to the chin by McGregor (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) at UFC 194 robbed Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) of his status as the only 145-pound champion in UFC history. A year of buildup lead in to the heated contest, but then it ended in the blink of an eye.

Questions now surround Aldo and how he’ll rebound from the first knockout loss of his career and the end of his 18-fight winning streak. The Brazilian faces Frankie Edgar (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC) in an interim featherweight title showdown at UFC 200, and he said he’s ready to prove why it was a fluke.

“That was a rare occurrence; it’s like a Comet Halley passing – it only happens once every 100 years,” Aldo told reporters through an interpreter at today’s UFC 200 press conference in New York City. “You guys can rest assure I’m very hungry just like Frankie is. We’re going to give you guys the best fight of the night.”

UFC 200 takes place July 9 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Aldo vs. Edgar takes place on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Although a McGregor rematch is on the top of Aldo’s list of priorities, he must first get through the rematch with Edgar, who enters the contest on the heels of some of his best career performances.

“The Answer” is a former UFC lightweight champion who narrowly lost to Aldo by unanimous decision in his featherweight debut at UFC 156 in February 2013. Since then, Edgar has rolled through the competition by beating five consecutive opponents, the most recent of which was a first-round-knockout of Chad Mendes at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December.

Although Edgar is the one streaking and Aldo is coming off a devastating loss, the former longtime champion said he still carries the confidence of a titleholder. He plans to show why he was champion for so long and will be again.

“In my opinion, I’m still the champ; this was just a setback,” Aldo said. I’m going to get my belt back. I’m going to beat Conor. But I think I should have had (an immediate rematch with McGregor), but they put against Frankie now, so we’re going to fight Frankie first. But we’re going to get that belt back.”

For more on UFC 200, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Jose Aldo compares McGregor loss to Halley’s Comet: Happens only ‘once every 100 years’ –

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