Jose Aldo took a surprisingly well-timed leaf out of the book of his great foe Conor McGregor as he spoke recently on his lifelong dream of holding a belt in both MMA and pro-Boxing.
José Aldo’s name is one that perhaps deserves more than to be constantly associated with the Notorious Irishman Conor McGregor but with this latest development, you can’t help but feel he’s just bringing it on himself.
Aldo’s time as the champion of the UFC’s featherweight division will go down amongst the greatest title-reigns the game has ever known, with him going 18 straight fights undefeated before being quickly dispatched by the promotion’s lightweight champion, the aforementioned McGregor. And though many have been quick to criticize the Brazilian’s manner in the way in which he handled that loss, the sheer brilliance of what he accomplished in the time before then cannot be questioned.
As of right now, he stands as the featherweight champion of the world, and though he never defeated the man who KO’d him inside 13 seconds at UFC 194, he is expected to defend his belt at some point in the near future against the highly-touted and dangerous interim-champion, Max Holloway.
Holloway’s own claim to the undisputed title is a strong one. At 10 straight wins, he holds one of the UFC’s longest active winning streaks and for many, could be the future of the 145lb division; that is if he can manage to defeat to mighty José Aldo.
From the sounds of this latest interview, however, Aldo may not be planning on sticking around for too long. Speaking with TV Combate (via MMA Fighting) the formerly-dominant champion spoke on his dream of competing in professional-boxing.
“First of all, it’s not about money. I want to keep it clear. Thank God the UFC and MMA gave me a lot of stuff. Yes, I think about having a career in boxing, but I want to start from the bottom, start from zero. I want to get ranked and one day fight for a belt. I don’t want to fight just to fight, for money, to go after big fights and challenge a great champion.”
“I respect every boxer, but I want to start from the bottom. I want a career in boxing. That was my biggest dream, to one day become champion in MMA and boxing. That is my biggest dream.”
The funny thing about all of this is that these comments come right around the time where the rapidly increasing momentum of the McGregor/Mayweather talk is hitting its peak. So naturally, in revealing these dreams of his, the conversation moved on to the inescapable subject of the Irishman. Aldo, in the same interview, continued on to give his own views on his rival’s move to take on the undefeated legend, Mayweather.
“I hope Conor gets f***ed, that’s what matters to me. I don’t give a damn about him. I’ve already said he’s sh*t, so what he does or doesn’t do, I don’t care. I worry about myself. I’m training to defend my belt. I want to fly higher.”
Say what you want about either man, but it certainly does sound as though José gives quite a noticeable damn about Conor McGregor.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena