As the search continues for Jose Aldo’s next opponent, Doo Ho Choi has called out the former featherweight champ.
Following Aldo’s stoppage loss to Max Holloway in June, the Brazilian star has said he wants to fight at least one more time before the year is up. In addition, Aldo has expressed an interest in fighting at UFC 217 in New York City, November 4th. His coach, Andre Pederneiras, also recently revealed that Aldo wants to fight out his UFC deal as soon as possible, and move into pro-boxing.
Aldo had talked about fighting fellow contender, Cub Swanson, but the latter recently became a father, and isn’t expected to fight anytime soon. Well, Choi is looking for an opponent, after he was forced to drop out of UFC 214 due to injury, and recently he had this to say in an interview with MMA Uno (quote via MMA Mania):
“I have almost recovered from my injuries and I’m back training. I got a shoulder injury as a result of excessive strength training and I want to apologize firstly to my fans and secondly my opponent, Andre Fili. I think Andre Fili is a great fighter, but I see he has a fight now with another opponent so I’m open to fighting someone else.”
“There are no fighters who I really want to fight, but I want a ranked fighter next. I’m interested in a fight with Jose Aldo and I want to fight him.”
Stylistically speaking, there’s no question that Aldo – Choi has must see written all over it. If you’ve followed Choi since he made his way to the UFC, then you know the South Korean fighter is pressuring fighter who can crack and then some.
The question is, however, whether Aldo would want to fight a guy who is coming off a loss to the aforementioned Swanson (in what was one of the best fights in 2016). Further, Choi is currently ranked #12 in the featherweight division, and Aldo is #1.
It could depend on what Aldo wants to achieve in the remaining fights of his UFC deal. Is he looking to make another title run? Does he want to remain within reach of the championship, so that when his deal is over, he has more bargaining power? In case he does want to continue fighting in MMA?