Jose Aldo wasted no time getting a dig in at Conor McGregor

McGregor as he left the arena after defeat overnight
McGregor as he left the arena after defeat overnight

Conor McGregor will defend his UFC featherweight title when he steps into the octagon next and it appears that will be against Jose Aldo after the Brazilian's tweet had the desired affect.

After McGregor was choked out in their welterweight bout at UFC 196 by Nate Diaz, Aldo, who McGregor knocked out after 13 seconds to steal his featherweight crown in December, tweeted: "See ya at #UFC200, @TheNotoriousMMA. Your fairy tale is over. You got nowhere to run now. Time to a rematch, p***y."

The message clearly irked McGregor who was unimpressed by a celebrating the defeat of another.

"He had an opportunity to show up here and he didn't... he could be sitting where Nate is sitting right now. He said any time, any place, anywhere and then it wasn't any time, any place, anywhere.

"Now another man gets a victory over me and he celebrates it, that's the sign of a loser, that's the sign of a runner-up... that's not the sign of a champion."

The Crumlin native suggested that if he defends his title he would be prepared to take on the winner of Diaz versus Rafael Dos Anjos, who he expects will fight for the lightweight crown next.

"It's a cut, it's intense but I make it every time. I think 145 will be next, I'll defend my belt and I believe Nate will fight Dos Anjos now and I think after I defend my belt and climb myself back up I will get my shot at that lightweight belt... maybe me and Nate can do it again," he added.

"It's hard not to give Aldo another go, he was 10 years undefeated but he pulls out a lot, he doesn't show up a lot... Frankie at least gets in and competes.

"I'll keep my ear to the ground and see who the fans want to see the most.

"Then I'll sit and wait patiently for the lightweight belt to be contested and make my way back up."