Jose Aldo holding out for big lightweight fight

UFC 212 Press Conference

Jose Aldo has made his intentions known.

The former UFC featherweight champion got back to his winning ways after a slump in the promotion.

Aldo was on top of the featherweight division for several years until he lost the featherweight belt to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in 2015.

Despite regaining the belt the following year after it was vacated, he lost it again to current champion Max Holloway.

This comes off the fact that Aldo is fresh off a big win over Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event of the UFC on FOX 30 event at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that aired on big FOX.

A potential fight at featherweight for Aldo is against Cub Swanson, who just had his lates fight lined up inside of the Octagon under the UFC banner, but that hasn’t stopped him from thinking about his a potential opponent in the coming months.

The top contender lost to Renato Moicano in a featherweight bout at the UFC 227 pay-per-view event.

Prior to that fight, Swanson noted that he would be interested in a rematch against former UFC featherweight champion, who beat Swanson via flying knee in a 2009 WEC bout, as he thinks that everything might line up perfectly for the duo to finally meet again and fight.

In a recent interview, Aldo was asked about possibly moving up to lightweight after being victorious again in the featherweight division. Aldo noted that he is willing to make the jump but only for a “big” fight (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I do. Dede has already speculated that for me. If there’s an opportunity, I want it. Not because of the weight cut, but to do a big fight.

“I think that’s what’s missing in my career, testing myself a little bit against other athletes from other divisions.

“It would be great. But I’m waiting for a definition in the division so we can make this decision in the future.”

“I think there was pressure. We were coming off two losses, and we were fighting to win. I didn’t care how the fight would be, I only wanted the victory. The emotion was because of some personal factors we have in our heads, but, man, I was really well-trained and focused. We knew that the result would come and it would be now.”

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