Jose Aldo may not be the go to guy in ‘greatest of all time’ discussions just yet, but the UFC featherweight champ hopes to change all that in the coming years.
While Jon Jones currently sits atop the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, some folks certainly believe the #2 positioned Aldo isn’t far behind. After all, we are talking about a guy who has won 18 straight fights, and has held the ZUFFA 145 belt now since 2009.
Of course, becoming the consensus ‘G.O.A.T.’ is another matter altogether, but while speaking to Combate, here is some of what Aldo had to say about his aspirations in that regard (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I’m sure that I’m one of the best of all time. I don’t see where am I yet. When I stop, I want to be the greatest of all. I still seek some achievements. I’m the only UFC 145-pound champion in history and I want to keep that way until I retire. I also want to break all the UFC records in a way that my name will be printed forever.”
Yes, while Aldo may not be up there with the likes of Anderson Silva just yet, it’s pretty hard to argue that his record isn’t among the very best of the best at this juncture. One way Aldo could take a big step towards G.O.A.T. status, however, would be if he defeated lightweight champ Anthony Pettis. Aldo has talked about moving up to 155 for sometime, and while discussing the possibility of fighting “Showtime”, the featherweight stated:
“For me it would be a dream (fighting Anthony Pettis for the LW belt) but it’s a decision that the UFC has to make and I’ll accept any opponent. There is a Russian already in the line (Khabib Nurmagomedov) and he deserves the shot. I’m a patient guy and would be happy if the UFC decides for that. Otherwise I’ll keep fighting at featherweight division”.
Now there’s no doubt that Aldo-Pettis would be a massive bout, and if the champions get through their next fight or two still holding their belts, it could happen.
Speaking of next fights, Aldo also reportedly revealed that he’s heading to Boston to watch Conor McGregor fight Dennis Siver on January 18th. Now if that doesn’t point to McGregor getting a title shot if he wins, what does?
Aldo is coming off a thrilling, unanimous decision win over Chad Mendes at UFC 179 in October to run his record to 25-1.