Video: Jose Aldo Offered Donald Cerrone For Lightweight Debut

Jose Aldo offered Donald Cerrone in a lightweight scrap.

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Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo apparently came very close to headlining the upcoming UFC Fight Night in Brasil when Glover Teixeira pulled out of the main event against Jimi Manuwa.

Speaking with the media in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday (Sept 11, 2018), Aldo detailed how he was offered a lightweight fight with Donald Cerrone for the main event of UFC Sao Paulo. Aldo’s team decided against a short notice scrap with Cerrone.

Aldo explained to Brazilian reporters how he is only interested at taking title fights at featherweight at this point in his career. And more importantly why Aldo feels it imperative to fight on the same card as Max Holloway and Brian Ortega.

Transcript via MMA Fighting:

It’s been a while since your win. What are the plans for your next fight? How is the talk going between the UFC and your manager?

“Right after the fight, Dana talked about the big possibility of fighting on Dec. 8, in Canada again,” Aldo explained. I’ve had already asked for that fight, I said I wanted to be on that event. I really enjoyed fighting in Canada, where I made my UFC debut, and I hope to fight there again. It’s up to ‘Dede’ now, he’s looking into that and talking to the Dana and Sean to get my next fight done.”

When they mentioned the Toronto card, did they say any specific opponent? You mentioned Pettis’ name earlier.

“Pettis was a request from fans, I got many messages saying he would be a great fight for me next. They also asked me to fight in Sao Paulo, but there was not enough time to get it done at lightweight.” Aldo continued, “They even put me to fight Cerrone, but it wasn’t done. I’m waiting for ‘Dede’ now, talking to him, and when he finds a good name and they agree to it, we’ll fight.”

Cerrone was someone offered to you by the UFC?

“Exactly, the UFC (offered). When Glover pulled out and they had no main event, they asked if there was a possibility for me to fight. We accepted, depending on the opponent, and they offered Cerrone right after, and he had already agreed, and ‘Dede’ didn’t think it would be good because there wasn’t enough time,” explained Aldo. “We needed some time to rest before we started another camp again, so it didn’t happen. But now we’re waiting for ‘Dede’ to talk to them again so we know who we’re fighting.”

Cerrone is fighting currently at 170, not 155. Would it be at 170, or would Cerrone move down to 155?

“It was actually funny. Sean called ‘Dede’ talking about the fight, and ‘Dede’ asked who would be the opponent, and they called back moments after offering Cerrone. It would be 155 for sure, right? No way it’s 170, it’s too heavy, said, Aldo. “But it was tough because we didn’t have enough time to prepare, especially against Cerrone, a very tough guy, someone who fights hard in his losses, so there was no possibility. Maybe the possibility of fighting in Brazil got me overexcited, I said it was possible, but thinking clearly there was no way we could fight, especially someone like Cerrone. I have to be very well trained to fight him.”

After ruling out Sao Paulo, which is next week, you mentioned Toronto. Looking at the options in the featherweight division, who would be a good option for you at 145, or maybe fight at 155 while you wait for Holloway vs. Ortega, which could also take place at that card?

“That fight between Holloway and Brian is booked, and I hope it happens. I hope Max is okay and can put on a great fight and let the division move. To me, I don’t care if it’s at featherweight or lightweight, what matters is fighting at that card. I had already asked for it before that fight was booked, so for me it’s great because we know that if anything happens, we can fight for the belt, so I will get ready. No matter the weight, 145 or 155, I’ve earned a title”

Being at the same card, wouldn’t it be the ideal scenario for you to fight at featherweight since you would already be cutting weight to fight at 145?

“I don’t cut weight, so it’s no problem for me to fight at lightweight. I only cut weight during fight week, and I wouldn’t be too heavy because it’s not my characteristic,” said Aldo. “I know nobody pulls out on fight week. If you have to pull out it would be before, when you’re training harder and that possibility exists. But I think about myself first, being on that card. That was my idea to begin with, to go there and fight, and if I have the opportunity to fight at featherweight I will be ready because I only cut weight from Monday to Friday.”

Some featherweights mentioned your name recently, like Renato Moicano and Zabit Magomedsharipov. Who would you think it’s the ideal for you?

“I can’t say there’s an ideal guy at featherweight because they’re all behind me, they are all trying to promote themselves to get to a title fight, and they all know I’m ahead of them. Especially if Brian wins, if he wins there’s no other option. That’s what we’re waiting for. There’s no reason for me to fight (them) now. In the future, yes, I want to fight them all because that’s how I have always was, fighting the best. If they are the best, I want to fight the best.”

You don’t think it makes sense for you to fight anyone ranked below you, right?

“Exactly, yes. They are below me and it doesn’t make sense. For them to move up in the division they have to fight me, but that’s not my idea now. My idea is to fight for the belt as soon as possible.”

So, there’s basically no fight for you at featherweight…

“There is. The belt.”

Besides the belt, obviously, there’s no one else since you’re ahead of everyone.

“Yes. There’s only Brian ahead of me, so he’s the guy I want to fight, and I know that. I’m waiting for that.”

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Jose Aldo Being Targeted By Fast-Rising UFC Featherweight

This would be an amazing fight.

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Jose Aldo is being targeted by a fast-rising UFC featherweight prospect.

Aldo recently picked up his first win since July of 2016. He defeated Jeremy Stephens in July with a hellacious first round body shot. The Brazilian hopes to make one last title run as his career begins to wind down.

Aside from Aldo, 29-year-old Renato Moicano has been busy climbing the featherweight ranks. He comes off back-to-back wins since suffering his first career loss to Brian Ortega.

His latest win came over Cub Swanson, who he submitted in the first round at UFC 227. Initially, Moicano wanted to rematch Ortega and avenge his sole loss.

With Ortega seemingly booked to face Max Holloway, however, Moicano is forced to look elsewhere. He’d like to test himself against the greatest 145-pound fighter of all time:

Currently, Aldo is the No. 2-ranked featherweight in the UFC. Moicano is ranked at number four. In terms of rankings, a match-up between the two fellow countrymen makes sense. Also, they each lasted competed within a week of each other.

Both men should be prepared to return to action around the same time, barring any undisclosed injuries. It should be interesting to see if the UFC awards Moicano with a fight against Aldo after his big win over Swanson.

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Renato Moicano Calls For Title Eliminator Against Jose Aldo

Renato Moicano calls out Jose Aldo for a number one contender bout. Moicano is coming off a first-round submission over Cub Swanson earlier this month. Moicano earned the victory on the main card of UFC 227 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevad…

Renato Moicano calls out Jose Aldo for a number one contender bout. Moicano is coming off a first-round submission over Cub Swanson earlier this month. Moicano earned the victory on the main card of UFC 227 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win improved Moicano’s professional mixed martial arts record to 13-1-1. […]

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Jose Aldo’s Coach Responds to Conor McGregor’s Kind Words

Jose Aldo’s coach responds to Conor McGregor expressing joy over Aldo’s latest win. The rivalry between Aldo and McGregor is well documented. McGregor revved up the trash talk tenfold in anticipation of his featherweight title showdown agai…

Jose Aldo’s coach responds to Conor McGregor expressing joy over Aldo’s latest win. The rivalry between Aldo and McGregor is well documented. McGregor revved up the trash talk tenfold in anticipation of his featherweight title showdown against Aldo back in Dec. 2015. The “Notorious” won knocked out Aldo in 13 seconds and a star was […]

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Here’s Who Jose Aldo Turned Down Before Fighting Jeremy Stephens

This would have been an interesting match-up.

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Jose Aldo turned down a fight before agreeing to fight Jeremy Stephens.

Aldo returned to the Octagon at UFC on FOX 30 late last month (Sat. July 28, 2018) against “Lil Heathen.” The former Brazilian champ defeated Stephens via first-round TKO after landing a hellacious body shot.

It was Aldo’s first win since the summer of 2016. “Scarface” suffered the first loss of his UFC career in December of 2015. He was knocked out and dethroned from the top of the 145-pound mountain by Conor McGregor in 13 seconds.

Aldo bounced back with a unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar several months later. He was subsequently dethroned yet again after suffering back-to-back TKO losses to Max Holloway. Aldo once again established himself as a top contender with his victory over Stephens.

It was his first non-title fight in UFC history and the first of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career since 2009. It turns out things could’ve played out a lot differently at UFC on FOX 30.

Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneieras, spoke to Brazilian media to talk about his star pupil’s recent win. He revealed that they decided to turn down a fight from Yair Rodriguez before accepting a fight with Stephens (quotes via Bloody Elbow):

“They offered us Yair Rodriguez and it was a fight that didn’t interest us,” Pederneiras said. “He was coming off a loss, way below in the ranking.

“It’s not that we were afraid of Yair, but why am I fighting a guy [in that situation]? But when they offered someone better ranked, coming off a series of knockouts, close to a title shot, that’s worth it.”

Rodriguez is currently the No. 14-ranked featherweight in the UFC.

He’s slated to face Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228 from the American Airlines Center on September 8th from Dallas, Texas.

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Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo Rematch? Coach Wants It

Jose Aldo’s coach is calling for another shot.

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Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo rematch would be booked by the UFC if it was up to the coach of the ex-UFC featherweight champion as he has called for the second bout in a recent interview.

This was the crowning of McGregor as the top star for the Las Vegas-based promotion. Up to this fight, McGregor was considered a rising contender as he was picking off top fighters in the featherweight division. Once this fight went down, McGregor put his name on top of not only the division but the promotion.

The First Fight

Their first fight went down at the UFC 194 pay-per-view event on December 12, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that fight, McGregor moved backward and connected with a left hook that landed on Aldo’s chin.

As a result, McGregor won the fight by KO and was crowned the UFC featherweight champion.

Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo Rematch

Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras stated that his fighter is looking for a big fight at lightweight and thinks it would be a perfect bout.

“We can try to angle for a rematch, because I really did think it was unfair and I think most people thought it was unfair that there wasn’t a rematch,” Pederneiras told MMAjunkie. “But, as far as Conor goes, he isn’t to blame. He may have turned it down. But the UFC had the power to tell him to fight. And they didn’t.”

McGregor is slated to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at the UFC 229 pay-per-view event that takes place on October 6, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

“I think the first fight didn’t really represent what the fight could have been. Unfortunately for all of those who wanted to see it. So I’d choose Conor. Even though I don’t have anything against him.”

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