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Dana White Shoots Down José Aldo’s Bantamweight Aspirations

The UFC president has shot down the potential for José Aldo making a switch to the bantamweight division upon losing out to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237.

After Aldo and the sitting bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo had a public back-and-forth that resulted in the Brazilian accepting The Messenger’s challenge, there has been some minor buzz surrounding the potential for a 135lb clash between the two – as ridiculous as it may sound.

The issue of Aldo getting down to 135lbs, especially given his 155lb aspirations, caused the UFC president to speak to the media and completely shut the fight down.

Aldo sent me a text telling me he wants to do this, so we really haven’t talked about it, but I just … there’s no way that kid can make (135). There’s no way. No way.

“Do you remember when he was the champ and how hard it was for him to make (145)? And he’s not any younger, so I honestly haven’t even taken that serious. Love Aldo, and I want to do what he wants to do, but I don’t think I want to see him cut to (135). I don’t think that’s going to be good for him.”

Of course, Dana has made it crystal clear that Cejudo’s next outing will be a defense of his flyweight strap against Joseph Benavidez – a fight that must be taken for him to retain his dual-weight world champion status.

Even still, White has been known to go back on his word but with Aldo now signed to a long-term deal with the promotion, you truly never know.

Taking to his official Twitter page, Aldo assured Dana that he is deadly serious about making the cut – citing a successful attempt as proof of his ability to make the bantamweight limit.

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]