Jose Aldo, the former UFC featherweight king wants to fight again in Brazil at UFC 237. Aldo has stated he will fight out 2019, where he will only fight in Brazil before retiring from MMA.
If Aldo does indeed get to fight at UFC 237, he is interested in making his UFC lightweight debut if the right fight is out there. If not, the Brazilian is open to fighting featherweight contender, Alex Volkanovski.
“I gave them some names, but Volkanovski is a good opponent and is on a great streak,” Aldo said to media in Brazil (via MMAFighting). “He’s coming off a great win over Chad Mendes, so it would be a great fight.”
“That’s why we asked him, it’s a great match-up,” he continued. “He’s a very aggressive fighter, comes forward, so we already had in mind asking for him after (fighting) Moicano. Let’s see if it works. There’s a possibility we fight at lightweight, too, but that’s up to ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras). He has to negotiate.”
For Aldo, it is no longer about chasing the belt. Rather, the former champion just wants to fight the fight he wants and fights that will sell.
“That’s what matters to me,” Aldo said. “Since I’m coming to the end (of my career), the most sellable is the one I wanna fight.”
Know for sure, just like at UFC Fortaleza, Aldo isn’t interested in five-rounds fights if he doesn’t have to. For UFC 237 he isn’t even thinking about fighting for a possible interim title, rather, he just wants to fight.
“Like I said before, I don’t even think about interim belt,” Aldo said. “I’m thinking about my next fight first. As soon as ‘Dede’ comes and says my next fight we’ll think about the future, but my head is focused on other things now.”
For now, Aldo is preparing for his next fight whether that is against Volkanovski or a lightweight fight.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime