José Aldo has flipped the script on his plan to retire from the sport this year, signing himself down to an eight-fight deal with the UFC.
The news will come as something of a shock to those who were watching the most recent bouts of the Brazilian in the knowledge that they would be his last.
All in all though, his last fight aside, Aldo has been on something of a good run and at 32, he’s most certainly not too old to still make another charge at the title.
For the first time in 10 years, José had managed to record two finishes in a row and in Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano, he defeated two guys whose own career trajectories hinted that a so-called ‘passing of the torch’ was upon us.
Speaking to the media just prior to his showdown with Renato Moicano in Rio De Janeiro, Aldo broke down his plan to fight three times in 2019 before hanging up his gloves for good in front of a crowd of his people.
“I want to end my career here in Brazil. That’s what we have planned.
“I want to do these three fights… I’ll fight in Fortaleza now, and I’m already negotiating my next one for May, if I’m not mistaken in Curitiba, and then finish it in the second semester, which I know will have another event in Brazil.”
UFC president spoke to ESPN and explained how the legendary former featherweight champion has now signed himself down to an eight-fight deal with the promotion.
The same report also made it clear that Aldo had signed this deal prior to his UFC 237 defeat to Alex Volkanovski.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena