Not so long ago Jose Aldo was telling anyone who would listen that he was going to switch to boxing when his current contract with the UFC ends, but it seems he’s now keeping his options open on that front and is focusing on the immediate future instead.
“As soon as the contract ends, I’ll decide whether we go to boxing or stay in MMA,” Aldo told Giro Combate. “But my dream, right now, is to get the title back. That’s what I’m focused on. That’s what I’m talking to (head coach Dede Pederneiras) about.
“That’s what I told my coaches that I want. That’s why I’m training again and keeping everyone motivated.”
At his peak the 31-year-old former long-time featherweight champion was considered one of the sport’s premier strikers, having lost just once in 26 professional fights, but he’s had a tough run in the Octagon lately, having been knocked out by Conor McGregor and TKO’d by Max Hollway twice in a row.
Nevertheless, the Brazilian star know what it takes to climb to the summit of the sport and he still believes he can do it again.
“I know I have a chance, I have the skill, and I want to win (the title) again.”
Aldo is currently hoping to face Jeremy Stephens next at UFC 224, but though appears to be on-board it remains to be seen if the UFC will make it official.