Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has provided an updated timeline for his retirement from the sport of MMA.
Aldo, who held 145-pound gold in the UFC and WEC between 2009 and 2015, is currently in the midst of a resurgence inside the Octagon – one that has left him a touching distance from another title.
After a 2019 loss to Alexander Volkanovski, Aldo moved up to 135 pounds. While the bantamweight drop was questioned by many, something back-to-back losses to Marlon Moraes and Petr Yan only improved, ‘Junior’ has since regained form and a place back in contention. .
After cementing a top-five spot with victories over Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font, some have suggested Also should challenge for Aljamain Sterling’s belt next to TJ Dillashaw.
But with the UFC not sharing that sentiment, Aldo will have to go through elite grappler Merab Dvalishvili next month at UFC 278 to secure his place at the front of the queue for a title shot.
While his current form has led many to believe he still has a lot left to give, not to mention previous remarks that suggested he would fight until he hits 40, Aldo has apparently changed his mind. regarding when he’ll hang up his gloves.
Aldo: “I’m about to retire”
During a recent interview with CombateAldo appeared to give up on fighting at 40 with hopes now of winning gold at a second weight class before quitting the sport soon after.
“When we started, I told Dédé [Pederneiras] that at 35, I would be a champion and I would retire,” recalls Aldo. “That’s why I say I’m very close to retirement, even though I used to say I’ll retire as a champion. You can give me Merab Dvalishvili, he’s a badass , well ranked, that nobody wants to fight. I will beat him and then I will win the belt, it is already written.
“Dédé and I dreamed of being two-time featherweight and lightweight champions, but it ended up being different. We moved up to bantamweight and we are on our way to a title fight in this division,” Aldo continued. “I started at bantamweight, I never thought I’d make that cut again. Now I’m ending my career at bantamweight, where I started.
When the term “retiring at the top” is mentioned, the names of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre come to mind. As Dagestan called him atop the lightweight mountain with a 29-0 record, the Canadian took a break after his ninth straight welterweight defense before coming back for just one win. middleweight title four years later.
Although Aldo is also looking to culminate his career with a return to champion status, his iteration of retiring at the top would come against all odds, with many, including Khabib, writing him off after his loss to Yan.
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