Jose Aldo Wants To Regain The Featherweight Title As Well Hopes To Have ‘Big Fight’ At Lightweight
Jose Aldo, who had an unbeaten streak of nearly ten years at featherweight division which was snapped by Conor Mcgregor at UFC 194 where Aldo lost his title via 13-second knockout back in 2015.
Most recently Aldo, 31, picked up the big win in over four years at UFC on FOX 30 after defeating Jeremy Stephens via second-round TKO. Before this win, ‘Junior’ suffered consecutive losses to Max Holloway. In the midst of that, his ship is not right Aldo threw around the word of “retirement” and finished the UFC contract as soon as possible.
After the win, Aldo revealed that he wants to end his career on a high note as he’s looking to become UFC featherweight champion again, but also opens to have a big fight at lightweight division.
But to remind you current featherweight champion Max Holloway is on sidelines due to health concerns and his return to Octagon is still unknown.
Jose Aldo recently spoke to the media and revealed his plans for the future.
“The plan remains the same because I want to become champion,” Aldo said, per MMA Fighting. “I want to stop as champion. We’re close, we never stopped being close, so this fight showed that my qualities and potential still are up there. I want to fight for the belt. If I get the title, I’ll stop with the title.”
I do,” he said when asked about wanting to move up a division. “Dede has already speculated that for me. If there’s an opportunity, I want it. Not because of the weight cut, but to do a big fight. I think that’s what’s missing in my career, testing myself a little bit against other athletes from other divisions. It would be great. But I’m waiting for a definition in the division so we can make this decision in the future.”
‘Junior’ is keeping a close eye on the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 229. Let’s see how things play out for Aldo. If the Irishman comes out victorious, it will be interesting to see a rematch with Aldo.
Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier currently slated for UFC 230 for November 3 showdown, so the winner of their fight might end up facing the victor of Khabib vs. Conor.
Aldo said he would go on to fight Brian Ortega for the featherweight title, depends on the severity of Holloway’s current health condition which forced him to withdrawal from UFC 226 title fight.
“We’re waiting to see what can happen. First of all, I hope for Max Holloway’s recovery, that he can come back to fighting. But him being out, there’s no other way unless doing this fight straight for the belt and both of us, Brian and I, are at the top. But, man, it’s hard to speculate here, let’s see what happens. First, we have to have Max’s answer to know about the near future and what decisions we have to make.”
Do you think Aldo should pursue lightweight title fight or should stay in his division and regain his featherweight strap?