Legendary featherweight and former UFC champion, Jose Aldo, appears to be done with the weight class he’s called home for the entirety of his career.
Now at age 33, Jose Aldo has competed professionally in 33 bouts having gone 28-5 while capturing a total of 11 world titles. 10 excluding interims championships. After a resurgent two-fight winning streak that saw him finish the likes of Jeremy Stephens and Renato “Moicano” Carneiro via strikes, Aldo was halted by Alexander Volkanovski.
Despite admitting last year that he was looking to end his career soon with a trio of fights in his home country, that looks to no longer be the case.
In a conversation with Ana Hissa, the MMA all-time great would reveal how serious he was about attempting to drop to the bantamweight division. With the help of a new diet that he’s implemented for a month now, he’s walking around at about 150-pounds.
Entirely focused on reaching this goal, Aldo has his sights set on a specific challenge.
— Ana Hissa (@AnaHissa) October 22, 2019
“No doubt I’m fighting at 135 next, I’m just waiting for [Henry] Cejudo to decide if he’s going to fight or not,” Aldo told Brazilian reporters (via MMA Fighting). “If it’s not against him, I have no problem [fighting] anyone else. I’m asking [ my coach and manager, Andre] ‘Dede’ [Pederneiras,] every day, texting and terrorizing Dana [White]. This f***** should at least come out of the bushes, you either fight or you don’t. All he does is talk that he wants to fight, this internet talk, but that’s easy. I wanna see you sign the contract to show you’re a real man and fight me or anyone else.
“Everyone who has two titles is holding up the UFC and that’s not good for me and all athletes that are hopeful for a fight. It’s getting hard nowadays. They say they’ll have an answer for me, but I’m waiting for this sh*t for a month.”
Heavy lie the crowns
Henry Cejudo currently holds claim to being the champion of both the bantamweight and flyweight divisions. He most recently obtained the former in June by defeating Marlon Moraes by third-round TKO. Following the big victory, Cejudo would undergo shoulder surgery and isn’t expected to return until early next year.
Among viable top contenders at 135-pounds sits fighters such as Aljamain Sterling, Petr Yan, and Cory Sandhagen. Adding Aldo to the mix just makes the already talent-rich division all the more intriguing.
And at 125-pounds, Joseph Benavidez is awaiting a rematch with Cejudo but this time for the crown. So there is no shortage of challengers for the self-proclaimed “Triple C.”
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The Scrap’s Drake Riggs is an MMA writer and YouTuber based out of Brush Prairie, Washington who specializes in feature pieces, the women’s fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. Riggs has been a passionate MMA fan since 2009 and has written for various news sources. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dre_Kriggs).