Jose Aldo has not fought since he lost his UFC featherweight title to Conor McGregor in December. That fight, the main event of UFC 194, lasted 13 seconds and ended when McGregor put Aldo down and out with a big left hand.
The fight not only ended Aldo’s reign as UFC champion, but brought an end to a winning streak that had spanned more than 10 years.
On July 9, Aldo will look to get back in the win column when he faces former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. The two former champions will fight for the interim featherweight title and the opportunity to face McGregor in a unification bout at a later date.
For a fighter as proud and accomplished as Aldo, the worry may be that he is still holding on to that devastating loss to McGregor. The Brazilian fighter says that’s not the case.
"I don’t even look at it. It’s part of the past," Aldo said during a Tuesday media call. "I only think about Frankie Edgar today and winning my next fight. I don’t look at things in the past, looking and suffering. It’s over; it’s in the past. I buried it, put a rock over it. I walk forward, always."
Aldo may want to look a little into the past though when it comes to Edgar. After all, they fought once before, with Aldo earning a unanimous decision victory at UFC 156 in February 2013.
That fight was Edgar’s first at 145 pounds. He’s since fought at that weight five more times, winning each fight. But Aldo does not see much progress in Edgar’s game since their first meeting.
"I didn’t see a big difference,” said Aldo. “[Edgar] continues to be the same thing to me. The only thing is that he’s more used to the weight cut now. He continues to do the same things, the same movement."
Aldo and Edgar will meet during the pay-per-view portion of UFC 200.