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TJ Dillashaw Wants Scrap With Jose Aldo, Explains Why he Wants Cub Swanson to Beat Frankie Edgar

Kelsey Mowatt

TJ Dillashaw

Although most people believe Jose Aldo will move to lightweight at some point,  TJ Dillashaw isn’t evidently hoping to fight the UFC’s featherweight champ before he does.

Aldo has defeated Dillashaw’s buddies and teammates in Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes (twice), and not surprisingly, the bantamweight champion would love to take a run at the Brazilian star.

While appearing on Team Alpha Male Radio, here is some of what Dillashaw had to say about his desire to scrap Aldo (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):

“I wanna fight Aldo so bad, dude,” Dillashaw said. “I will beat Aldo. I wanna fight him.

Dillashaw went on to credit Aldo for being an “awesome” fighter, and considering what he showcased in his thrilling rematch with Mendes, it’s pretty hard to argue that fact. It was a much more competitive fight than when Aldo KO’d Mendes in 2012, but this time around he showed a ton of heart, grit, as well as skill.

Of course, the chances of Aldo and Dillashaw fighting anytime soon are slim and none. Aldo will wait to see who wins the upcoming fights between Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver, and Cub Swanson versus Frankie Edgar. The next challenger will almost certainly be determined by those fights.

While talking about Swanson-Edgar, here is some of what Dillashaw had to say:

“I hope Cub Swanson wins,” Dillashaw said. “I like Frankie Edgar as a fighter, but Cub Swanson is a super cool dude and his stand-up gotten so much better. We have already seen Frankie Edgar fight Aldo, it wasn’t even close. He got beat by Aldo. I wanna watch Cub Swanson against Aldo. I think he should be the next one to fight him if he beats Edgar.”

Edgar and Swanson are set to fight on November 22nd at a UFC Fight Night card in Austin, Texas. Swanson was quickly defeated by Aldo when the two fought before, but that was back in 2009. Edgar, on the other hand, was decisioned by the champ last year.

McGregor and Siver, meanwhile, will fight at a January 18th event in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dillashaw is expected to face former champ Dominick Cruz next, following the latter’s jaw dropping return in September, when he took out Takeya Mizugaki.

The 28 year-old Dillashaw laid claim to the 135 title in May, by stopping Renan Barao in the fifth round, and then defended it in August by knocking out Joe Soto.

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