Bellator Champion Explains Why He Wants Bout With Jose Aldo

A reigning Bellator champion has expressed interest in a bout with Jose Aldo. Aldo is considered to be the greatest featherweight in the history of mixed martial arts. He is certainly a pioneer for the division. Before his knockout loss to Conor McGreg…

A reigning Bellator champion has expressed interest in a bout with Jose Aldo. Aldo is considered to be the greatest featherweight in the history of mixed martial arts. He is certainly a pioneer for the division. Before his knockout loss to Conor McGregor, Aldo was undefeated in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He’s only lost […]

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Jose Aldo Doesn’t Blame Khabib For Post-UFC 229 Melee

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo doesn’t blame Khabib Nurmagomedov for the insane post-UFC 229 melee that broke out between both teams.

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Sadly, the most memorable moment of UFC 229’s main event wasn’t Khabib Nurmagomedov’s submission victory.

Shortly after forcing Conor McGregor to tap out, Khabib Nurmagomedov hopped the Octagon to attack McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis. Danis was allegedly provoking Khabib at cageside after the fight. This sparked a huge post-fight melee between both teams, inside and outside of the Octagon. Both McGregor and Khabib are facing possible disciplinary action for the incident.

There has been some talk of a rematch next, especially from the McGregor side. However, the issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) must sort themselves out before any of that can be pursued. While fight fans wait to see what happens on that front, the chatter about Khabib’s next move continues.

At UFC 230 this past weekend (Sat. November 3, 2018), ESPN got the chance to speak to former featherweight champion Jose Aldo. When asked about the ordeal that occurred after the UFC 229 contest, Aldo said he can’t blame “The Eagle” for his actions with the way McGregor acted in the lead-up to the fight (via MMA Mania):

”I understand the reaction of Khabib,” Aldo said. “No, it’s not his fault, we shouldn’t blame him for his actions because it’s the UFC letting McGregor do whatever he wants, in the past and here in New York. So it’s not Khabib’s fault. No time, no nothing for him.”

McGregor and Aldo have had issues of their own in the past. Prior to their fight at UFC 194 in December of 2015, McGregor treated Aldo very similar to the way he did Khabib. However, when McGregor met Aldo inside the Octagon, the Irishman was victorious by way of a 13-second knockout.

It was the first time Aldo ever lost in the UFC and his first defeat in MMA competition in almost a decade. Now, Aldo comes off the first victory of his MMA career since July of 2016. He defeated Jeremy Stephens via TKO this past summer as the Brazilian looks to reclaim the 145-pound title.

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Ranking the Best Potential Opponents for Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor lost his bid to regain his UFC lightweight belt against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Naturally, the post-fight scuffle between camps still garners the attention, …

Conor McGregor lost his bid to regain his UFC lightweight belt against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Naturally, the post-fight scuffle between camps still garners the attention, …

Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor 2? Ex-Champ Wants It

Jose Aldo is calling for another shot following McGregor’s loss at UFC 229.

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Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor would be booked by UFC President Dana White if it was up to the ex-UFC featherweight champion. This comes off the heels of McGregor’s latest fight.

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.

UFC 229

Obviously, McGregor lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov with the UFC lightweight title being on the line at UFC 229 pay-per-view event this past weekend. Following that fight, McGregor expressed his desire for a rematch. However, if it was up to Aldo, he would fight McGregor next instead of Khabib.

Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor 2

Following UFC 229 that went down at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aldo took to his official Instagram account where he called for a rematch. In the caption of his post, it reads “There’s nowhere to run! It’s time!”

This comes off the fact that Aldo is fresh off a big win over Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event of the UFC on FOX 30 event at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that aired on big FOX. It’s a safe bet that Aldo will not get the rematch that he seeks due to the fact that McGregor has so many options for his next fights.

Things Change

At the time of their first 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. Things have changed since then for the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champ.

Also, McGregor has made it known through various people that he wants another crack at Khabib. There’s always the chance that he could fight Nate Diaz for the third time or even against Dustin Poirier.

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Renato Moicano Says Jose Aldo Fight Makes Most Sense

Renato Moicano says he’s ready to do battle with Jose Aldo. Moicano sits at the fourth spot on the official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight rankings. In his last outing, Moicano submitted Cub Swanson and knocked him down to the…

Renato Moicano says he’s ready to do battle with Jose Aldo. Moicano sits at the fourth spot on the official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight rankings. In his last outing, Moicano submitted Cub Swanson and knocked him down to the seventh spot. The lone loss in Moicano’s professional mixed martial arts career is to Brian […]

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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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