The two-time featherweight champion of the world has made it clear that there is one man on his mind for his next fight, and to be honest, I can think of no one better to help remind the fans of exactly who José Aldo is.
UFC 212 saw the rise of a new king at 145lb in Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway but for the defending champ whose belt was taken away for the second time over the course of one 18-month period, it proved to be a bitter pill to swallow.
Aldo’s stock has taken some serious hits in recent times following losses to both the aforementioned Holloway and his record-breaking defeat at the hands of Conor McGregor at UFC 194, but for those who actually know and follow the sport to any real degree, the impact Aldo has had on the featherweight weight-class can never be undone.
His last outing was a tightly-contested showdown in front of his home-crowd but his opponent Holloway was able to gradually up the tempo as the fight wore on and began to steal away the momentum from the legendary Brazilian before beating him down to a third-round TKO victory in what was the biggest fight of his life.
Now, with Aldo supposedly taking a break from the sport, he spoke to Combate (via SportsJoe) about his next move as a mixed martial artist and thankfully, it doesn’t appear as though his ambitions have weakened following his latest setback.
“I asked to fight again until November, tops, because in the past few years I’ve gone a long time without fighting and I think that hindered me a lot. But we’re already talking to them so that we can return until November. I think we will go by the rankings.
“I think Cub (Swanson) is a great opponent that we can meet now in order to get back on a winning path.”
For those who don’t know, Aldo and Swanson actually met before back in the days of the WEC but despite the fact that the fight was being billed as a potentially riveting encounter between two of the most lethal featherweights on the planet, José managed to end the contest in seven seconds due to a completely ridiculous flying-knee he scored within seconds of the bout’s opening.
Cub Swanson is currently in the form of his career, however, and after his thrilling UFC 206 showdown with Doo-Ho Choi, he earned himself an entirely new legion of fans as well as praise on all sides for his inclusion in what has become known as one of the most entertaining contests in the history of MMA.
Nothing has been made official on this one as of yet, but given the history that these two share, do not be surprised to see Aldo/Swanson 2 on your radar before long.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena