Jose Aldo suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in his 30-fight MMA career last year, and recently former UFC featherweight champion wants Jeremy Stephens at the UFC 224 upcoming pay-per-view event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 12.
Jose Aldo told Brazillian outlet Revista Combate that UFC initially approached him for a showdown with Stephens in April, but the timeline was too early, now the former champ is ready to throw down with Jeremy Stephens at UFC 224 upcoming event in Rio. (quote via MMAFighting)
“I asked to fight him, he asked to fight me, so it will be a great fight,” Aldo said. “I’m waiting for them to set it up.”
Since winning a decision over Frankie Edgar in July 2016, Jose Aldo dropped twice against current featherweight champion Max Holloway via TKO punches in the third round last year and is 1-3 in his last four UFC bouts.
Jeremy Stephens (28-14, 19 KOs) earned his third consecutive win with a controversial second-round knockout victory over Josh Emmett in the main event of UFC on FOX 28. Prior to his most recent victory, “Lil’ Heathen” defeated Doo Ho Choi and dominated Gilbert Melendez.
UFC 224 is set to take place at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena and is headlined by Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington for bantamweight title fight.