Urijah Faber is the latest fighter to share his concerns about Jose Aldo cutting to bantamweight.
Many thought Aldo would move up to lightweight given he struggled at times to make 145 pounds. Yet, at UFC 245, he will make the move down 10 pounds instead of up 10. For Faber, he says it’s worrisome seeing the pictures float around and believes the Brazilian’s cut to bantamweight is not good for his body.
“Aldo, in my opinion, is one of the best fighters to ever grace the sport,” Faber told MMA Junkie. “Seeing him make this weight cut, I know that he’s mentally tough enough to do it. I don’t know if it’s going to be the best for his body. I remember the first time I did (135), I was over-cutting because I was nervous about how it was going to go. So I was getting too small too early. I think he might be doing the same thing. I don’t think it’s going to be good for him. Hopefully, he’s able to perform to the Aldo that we all know, but only time will tell on that one.”
Although, if Jose Aldo wins on Saturday he may very well earn a title shot against Henry Cejudo. So, it makes sense as to why he is going down in weight.
For Faber, he is focused on his own fight as he battles Petr Yan. Although the UFC Hall of Famer came out of retirement this year, he doesn’t know how many he has left. But, says an Aldo fight would be intriguing.
“I’m not trying to fight everyone in the division,” Faber said. “I’ve got a couple of key fights. I’ve got one right now that I’m focused on. If that’s a fight that the people want to see, absolutely. But one fight at a time and I’ll fight whoever.”
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