All it took was 13 seconds and a perfectly placed left straight for Conor McGregor to silence his doubters and become the undisputed UFC featherweight champion vs Jose Aldo at the end of 2015.
Since then, Aldo has been on a path to redemption, while McGregor continues to dominate the headlines. Aldo bounced back in a big way in his comeback fight at UFC 200 vs Frankie Edgar where he earned a convincing decision victory, capturing the interim featherweight title. That interim title was necessary due to McGregor's foray into the 170 lbs division.
The McGregor era at welterweight might officially be over after two insane fights with Nate Diaz. The Irishman was knocked off his throne in the first fight, but came back with a bit of a game plan at UFC 202 and beat Diaz by decision. McGregor then moved to lightweight and destroyed Eddie Alvarez to claim that division’s gold at UFC 205.
Analyzing that first fight, some feel robbed as Aldo didn’t get the chance to display the skills that made him one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. It was his first ever loss in the UFC and his first loss since 2005. Prior to the humiliating loss to McGregor, Aldo had won 18 straight fights.
Both fighters entered that fight at minus money, with McGregor closing as a slight -105 underdog, but leading up to the fight the line was all over the place, going as high as -185 for McGregor at some books. Odds for a potential rematch hit the board a few days after UFC 202, with McGregor Sportsbook as a -200 favorite, and Aldo coming back at +155. Since then, the lines have remained relatively stable.