Marlon Moraes is looking to return to the Octagon at UFC 245 in Las Vegas. When he does, the top bantamweight contender wants to fight Jose Aldo.
Aldo has been hinting at a move to bantamweight since his UFC 237 loss to Alexander Volkanovski. Now, Marlon Moraes believes it would be a good fight and a fight where the winner could fight for the title next.
“I’ve been training and I want to start a camp. I hope I can fight on December 14, it would be a great date for me to fight. Let’s see what the UFC has planned,” said to Combate. “The Aldo fight is not only interesting for me. Jose is a legend of the sport, a featherweight champion. He has been talking about dropping to bantamweight and I’m the number one contender. Nothing better than dropping a division and fighting the number one guy. He deserves it.
“Aldo shouldn’t have to fight 53 times before he can fight for the title. I think it would be a good opportunity for him to prove to the UFC he can really make the weight. And, if he wins, he would go straight to a title shot.”
Although some think Jose Aldo can’t make 135-pounds, Marlon Moraes is not worried about that. Rather, he is confident he would make the weight.
“I know Aldo’s team and I have the most respect for them, they are people with whom I have always had a very good relationship, but it is the sport, if we have to compete we can do nothing. Everyone wants to be champion, everyone has a dream,” Marlon Moraes explained. “But I know him and I know this cut wouldn’t be much for him. Really people are sometimes impressed by his cut in 145 [pounds], but as everyone talks, he overdoes it a bit. I think he could hit that weight, yes.”
If Moraes can’t fight Aldo, well then he is looking to fight other legends like Dominick Cruz or Urijah Faber.
“There are other guys too, like Petr Yan, who’s a guy I’m looking to fight him. There’s Dominick Cruz, who is about to fight now, and (Urijah) Faber,” he said. “These are the guys I’m thinking of fighting.”
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