UFC great Jose Aldo sheds some light on his recent retirement

UFC great Jose Aldo sheds some light on his recent retirement

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Former longtime UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo may be done fighting in the UFC, although he wouldn’t rule out fighting in other ways.

Aldo retired from MMA following his last UFC loss to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278 via unanimous decision. The loss ended a recent winning streak and abruptly halted his rise to the bantamweight title.

Aldo, 36, had looked rejuvenated in his recent fights as he continued his new MMA chapter at bantamweight. He opted to move up to 135 pounds after a loss to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237.

Many wondered what was next for Aldo and his athletic career. He is open to fighting in other aspects of combat sports, including a possible move to the boxing ring.

José Aldo remains interested in the boxing movement

During recent interview with Globo EsporteAldo spoke about what he thinks is the next step in his life and career.

“I’m trying to see the best path I’m going to take right now,” Aldo said. “I won’t fight MMA, that’s for sure. I thank everyone who calls me from other promotions, but I did not leave the UFC, I remain under contract with them. I’ll see where I stand.

“Boxing is a possibility,” Aldo continued. “It was always a dream that I had in my life, I never hid it from anyone. It was always a dream. But let’s see. Everyone says that I am still young, that I have some years [left]. First, for now, with the birth of my son, I want to enjoy my family, and then I will think about the professional side. (h/t MMA fight)

Aldo first teased the move to boxing in 2017, shortly after winning the UFC interim featherweight title from Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. He lost the belt in his previous bout against Conor McGregor at UFC 194 before McGregor moved up to lightweight and left the 145lb Division.

Aldo could end up being the last former UFC standout to step into the ring. UFC legends Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort are just a few of the names that have transitioned to boxing with newfound success.

Aldo’s strike remains relevant, as evidenced by his recent UFC wins over Rob Font, Pedro Munhoz and Marlon Vera. If he decides to continue competing, boxing could be an avenue that could lead to a new throne for the ‘King of Rio’.

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