Jose Aldo wants to fight at Madison Square Garden so bad that he's willing to step into the Octagon against anybody.
Aldo's last couple of Octagon outings haven't exactly gone according to plan. The Brazilian suffered his first loss in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition in over a decade when he was knocked out in just 13 seconds by Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 194 back in December of 2015. He then got back on the winning track when he defeated Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision to win the interim featherweight championship, seemingly setting up a rematch against Conor McGregor to unify the 145-pound belts.
McGregor would instead vacate his featherweight title once he moved up to lightweight, leaving Aldo to fight newly crowned interim featherweight champion Max Holloway. "Blessed" would go on to knock out Aldo in the third round of their meeting, defeating the former champion in his own backyard of Brazil.
Now "Scarface" awaits his next shot at redemption, hoping to get back into the featherweight title picture. Aldo hopes that fight will come inside Madison Square Garden, which holds a rich history in combat sports. Aldo recently explained his desires during a recent media scrum in Brazil (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“It's a dream to fight (in New York), especially at Madison Square Garden,” Aldo told the media Friday at his burger joint "Famous Burger" in Rio de Janeiro.
“That's a dream I have. I grew up watching boxers fighting there, so fighting at this arena is historical for me. I want to be on this (card).”
“Man, I want to fight, no matter who the opponent is,” said the Brazilian, who fought for the last time in June, losing to Max Holloway.
“The sooner, the better. I wanted to fight twice more (this year) but it won’t happen, so at least one before the end the of the year and again in January. That’s what I want."
“Cub said his wife is expecting a baby, if I’m not mistaken, so he doesn’t want to fight for now, so we don’t know anything,” Aldo said. “‘Dede’ is talking to [UFC matchmaker] Sean (Shelby) and I’ll sit down with him, but, for now, I don’t have a name. I have to talk to ‘Dede’ first.
"(Pederneiras) said he has good things (to say), so I want to see what happens."
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