Could Jose Aldo’s storied career come to an end on Saturday? Whether he defeats Conor McGregor or loses to his rival? Wel, according to one of his training partners, he believes the featherweight champ could fight for the last time at UFC 194.
After Aldo withdrew from his first scheduled meeting with McGregor, the latter speculated that the Brazilian star was done fighting. Well, here we are four days out from the bout, and Aldo is still set to throw down on Saturday (knock on wood). Further, Aldo hasn’t been relaying publicly that he’s thinking about hanging up the gloves.
Recently, however, one of the top kickboxers in the world, Andy Souwer, spoke with MMA Plus. The Dutch fighter has trained with Aldo in the past, and once again, he was brought into spar with the champ in preparation for UFC 194. During the interview, Souwer was asked if he thinks Aldo might elect to retire, win or lose on Saturday. Souwer responded (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“To be honest, yeah I think. Yeah, I think so,” Souwer said.
Then the interviewer brought up the fact that the UFC initially reported that Aldo was medically cleared to fight at UFC 189, while his doctors said he had incurred a broken rib. The development certainly didn’t appear to bring Aldo and the promotion closer together. Souwer nodded in agreement and then added:
“So I think he’s done with it. And ready. I will agree,” Souwer said. “Whatever he is thinking, it’s his decision. But I think it will be good for him.”
Wow. Now sure, if Aldo takes out McGregor on Saturday it’s kind of hard to imagine him stepping away, at the peak of his powers. But, what better way to go out?