Jose Aldo seems pretty upbeat about his future in fighting, and with his relationship with the UFC, which is in stark contrast to last year.
Last fall, it wasn’t clear if the Brazilian star would ever fight again. Following the UFC’s decision to have Conor McGregor throw down with then, lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, Aldo asked to be released from the promotion. Aldo had been pushing for a rematch with McGregor for months, and thought he had one locked up, when he defeated Frankie Edgar to win the 145 interim belt.
Fast forward to today, and Aldo is getting set to face Max Holloway in a unification title fight at UFC 212 tomorrow. If Aldo wins, it’s not really clear who he’d defend the 145 belt against next, since he’s already defeated Frankie Edgar twice, and every contenders ranked #3 – #5 as well.
But, while speaking to the media this week, Aldo relayed that he’s looking at contests outside of featherweight (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I’ll always be motivated,” Aldo said. “I’m happy to be headlining this card. The treatment has changed, I showed what I wanted to do. After this fight, we’ll sit down with them and think the best direction to go.
“I want a superfight, that’s my biggest wish. I want to test myself in different divisions. We’ll see. One step at a time. After I win, I’ll sit with ‘Dede’ (Andre Pederneiras). After I win, I can say.”
Aldo has talked about fighting at 155 for years, and a couple of months ago, there was talk about him fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov. So, maybe the UFC would look at having him fight a top 155’er?
First things first, however, and that’s getting by Holloway, who has a teee-un of momentum behind him right now.