Recently eyebrows were raised throughout the MMA world when one of Jose Aldo’s training partners relayed that he believes the champ will retire this weekend. The star, however, says that’s not going to happen.
The man who reported this was vaunted kickboxer, Andy Souwer, who is one of Aldo’s sparring partners. Souwer was asked if he thought Aldo could retire after facing Conor McGregor, win or lose, and the Dutch fighter said “I think so”.
Well, in recent interview with the UFC’s Brazilian site, Aldo was asked about all the retirement talk, and he stated:
“This will not be my last fight, I think I still have other opponents to face”
Now, sure, many people will point out that Aldo could be thinking about retiring, but doesn’t want to publicly relayed this right now, three days out from the biggest fight in his life. There’s no doubt that Aldo has had some issues with the UFC over the last year or so. It certainly seemed like his camp didn’t care for how the promotion handled his withdrawal from UFC 189, and Aldo has also called for more fighter pay.
But, it would be pretty shocking to see Aldo walk away from the game at the age of 29. If he loses to McGregor, one would think he’d like another crack. If he wins, however, his profile will have never been bigger.
UFC 194 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.