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15th Dec 2015

Jon Jones weighs in on potential Jose Aldo rematch with Conor McGregor

Make it so

Patrick McCarry

A precedent has been set, according to Bones.

Perhaps it is his closeness to recently crowned UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm but Jon Jones’ mind is on rematches.

The former light heavyweight champion believes the UFC must grant Jose Aldo a rematch with Conor McGregor following the Brazilian’s crushing loss.

Jones has pointed to the promotion granting Ronda Rousey an immediate rematch, after she was dethroned by Holm last month, as a precedent.

He certainly has a point as Aldo was previously unbeaten in 10 years and had been the number one pound-for-pound fighter up until McGregor KO’d him on Saturday night.

Here are some of Jones’ thoughts on Aldo-McGregor II

Jones, who was stripped of his UFC title earlier this year following a Driving Under the Influence arrest, still feels Aldo and McGregor can be the epic throw-down we all expected.

He has expressed doubts about its likelihood, however, as Aldo is not the most marketable of stars in the promotion.

Aldo is calling for an immediate rematch but McGregor is already eyeing a move up to lightweight and a summer return to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar.

McGregor has recent history with Jones.

When Bones was attempting to rehabilitate from his wild ways, and fight back to the UFC, the Dubliner reached out with words of support.

Jones told Ariel Helwani, “Conor McGregor wrote to me, he said: ‘Hey champ, you know that once a champ, always a champ and I believe you’re going to come back from this strong.’ Just writing me words of encouragement.”