Jose Aldo is gearing up to face fellow Brazilian Renato Moicano in the UFC Fortaleza co-main event, but it appears as though the former featherweight champion has his sights set on a bout beyond this Saturday night.
Aldo recently bounced back from two defeats at the hands of 145lb champion Max Holloway by defeating Jeremy Stephens and now faces the tough task of Moicano who impressed in his victory over Cub Swanson in August.
Despite having his hands full, Aldo outlined that he has been thinking of future opponents past Moicano and firstly namechecked Anthony Pettis at lightweight as someone he would like to face in one of the three bouts he outlined he has left in his career.
The Brazilian also explained that at a fight with Donald Cerrone was very close to happening at lightweight but now that Cowboy appears to have his sights set on a clash with Conor McGregor, Aldo is keen to go toe to toe with Pettis in May of this year.
“This (Cerrone) fight was very close (to happening),” Aldo said on UFC Fortaleza’s media day. “They offered it to us and I was really happy because we’re both aggressive fighters and it would be a big fight, but the discussion has taken another path now, he’s trying to fight Conor (McGregor) and I don’t see how this fight happens now.
“But (Anthony) Pettis would be an excellent opponent,” he continued. “We were close to fighting twice before and didn’t happen. Having this fight in May, at lightweight, would be even better.”
A bout with Pettis would no doubt be an incredibly exciting prospect for fight fans around the world, but Aldo also outlined that he sent a list of the top 15 ranked featherweights to the UFC along with some lightweights, most notably Dustin Poirier.
“I put some lightweights there as well, like Dustin Poirier and other ranked fighters,” Aldo said. “All 15 names. Take a look at the rankings and that’s pretty much my list.”