Jose Aldo’s long-time coach Andre Pederneiras has revealed that he thinks it will be time for the Brazilian star to retire after finishing his current UFC deal with one last fight.
“I would tell him to quit,” Pederneiras told Combate when asked what he’d say to Aldo regarding his fighting future after his contract ends. “I think Aldo has already conquered so much. It’s not going to be that last fight that is going to take away the legacy he has built in the sport. My biggest fear is when an athlete arrives at this final stage of their career and an injury might mess them up for the rest of their life.”
Pedeneiras’ advice comes after the 36-year-old Aldo’s most recent three-fight winning streak came to an end last time out with a unanimous decision loss to Merab Dvalishvili last month.
Immediately after the fight Dvalishvili claimed that Aldo had told him he was going to hang up his gloves, but now Pederneiras is indicating that, for Aldo at least, a final decision has yet to be made.
“I think it’s going to depend on lots of factors. It depends on one last fight, a contract renewal, lots of things. I know he has the will to go for a new title run. I think Aldo has every chance to become champion at bantamweight and start a new title run. Now, will there will be motivation to keep doing that?”