Jose Aldo turns down bout against McGregor
<p>According to Jose Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, Aldo was offered a rematch against Conor McGregor <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/2/23/11099670/coach-jose-aldo-not-in-shape-turned-down-offer-to-replace-rafael-dos">but turned it down.</a></p>
<p>Rafael Dos Anjos, who was expected to face McGregor in the main event of UFC 196, <a href="http://roughcopy.com/news/rafael-dos-anjos-injured-bout-mcgregor">was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a broken foot</a>. The UFC has not yet announced who McGregor will face instead, but Jose Aldo can be crossed off the list of potential opponents.</p>
<p>With only twelve days left until UFC 196, Pederneiras said that Aldo could not accept the fight due to the lack of time to prepare. <a href="http://sportv.globo.com/site/combate/noticia/2016/02/sem-tempo-habil-equipe-de-jose-aldo-descarta-substituir-dos-anjos.html">Pederneiras spoke to Combate</a> about the issue.</p>
<p>“Dana called me, telling what happened and asking if Aldo was in shape to fight," Pederneiras said. "I said he wasn’t and that there wasn’t enough time, and unfortunately he wouldn’t be able to fight next week.”</p>
<p>This comment received a lot of backlash by fans since Aldo made <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BBDnwMsDTpF/?taken-by=josealdojunioroficial">an Instagram post</a> a few weeks earlier saying that he would only accept a fight that was either for a title or a rematch against McGregor.</p>
<p>“I will not accept any other fight than a title shot,” the post read. “My only exception would be fighting The Notorious, at any time, anywhere.”</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.