Jose Aldo Targets Fight With TJ Dillashaw Next

Jose Aldo looked to be in vintage form at UFC 265 on Saturday night as he outstruck Pedro Munhoz for three rounds to earn a unanimous decision, and the former featherweight champion has now targeted a fight with TJ Dillashaw for his next outing at bantamweight.

“It would be great for me to fight with Dillashaw,” Aldo said at the post-fight press conference. “Hopefully by December, I think it would be a great fight. That’s what we expect. That’s what I’m expecting right now.”

Aldo is currently on a two-fight winning streak, having also defeated Marlon Vera at 135lbs, but prior to that he had lost three fights in a row, and that led to him sharpening his skills as a boxer.

“After I lost a fight I felt I needed to incorporate more things into my repertoire and that’s how I got into Navy-sponsored boxing in Brazil,”
Aldo said. “I feel that’s how it made better my punches and obviously everything upper, but I’m never gonna forget the kicks.”

Aldo’s jab in particular appears to have become an increasingly potent weapon now, and he feels it could be key to his continued success as he seeks to rise to the top of the bantamweight division.

“Yes, that is the message,” Aldo said. “I’ve been training this a lot and you can [be sure] my hand is going to get quicker and quicker as time moves forward.”

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