Matt Brown: Jose Aldo deserves an automatic rematch with Conor McGregor
There's been an ongoing debate since the end of UFC 194 on who Conor McGregor should fight next after he defeated former featherweight champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds when they met on Dec. 12.
McGregor has hinted that he might go up to lightweight and challenge Rafael dos Anjos for his title to become a two-weight class champion. There's also a potential fight at featherweight with No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar, who has won five in a row and most recently knocked out Chad Mendes in the first round at "The Ultimate Fighter" finale the day before UFC 194.
The third option is an automatic rematch for Aldo after he reigned as the only featherweight champion in UFC history until McGregor defeated him just a couple of weeks ago. While Aldo did fall in brutal fashion after just one punch landed from McGregor, many believe his body of work should earn him a second chance to redeem himself even if the last fight only lasted 13 seconds.
"I think Aldo should fight Conor. Yeah, I think so 110 percent," UFC welterweight Matt Brown stated on the latest Great MMA Debate podcast when asked about who should draw McGregor next. "I think Aldo has done everything to deserve whatever he wants at this point in his career. That son of a b--ch has been a champion for however many years, undefeated for 10 years, he's been an honorable soldier for the UFC. Maybe he's not the most marketable guy so that's the reason he's not getting it, but he just f---ing deserves it."
Brown agrees that it's a tough spot for the UFC to decide what comes next for McGregor, especially with Edgar waiting in the wings. Brown believes that Aldo's body of work trumps any other contender and if he wants a second shot at McGregor he should get it, no questions asked.
"Frankie deserves it, too," Brown said. "I think he deserves it every bit as much as Aldo but when you're even like that you've got to pick one guy ahead of the other and the 'X' factor in that is Aldo was ex-champion for so many years and he already beat Frankie so he should get the jump in front of Frankie."
Brown along with Jeremy Loper and Damon Martin break down the rest of the fights from the past couple of weeks including the title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.
The crew will also answer fan questions from Twitter while Brown will update his expected return date after hand surgery and who he wants next in the Octagon.