Aldo Responds To McGregor, Holloway, Ortega And More
Jose Aldo rolled back the years at UFC Fortaleza, with a second round TKO win over fellow Brazilian, Renato Moicano. The win marked the first time in over four years that Aldo had won back-to-back fights, having looked equally outstanding in his last outing against Jeremy Stephens last July.
After the fight, several fighters took to social media to react to the former UFC featherweight champion’s performance. In his post fight press conference, Aldo was asked about some of the comments.
When he told what Max Holloway had tweeted, Aldo had nothing but nice things to say for the current UFC featherweight champion.
“I think he’s a true champion. I’m happy about it because he deserves to be there, he deserves to be the champion. He achieved it, he’s battled from the beginning. He came into the UFC very young and I think that he conquered that. I have a lot of respect for him.
“He’s got a great story. He’s got a kid too, just like me, I have my family. So we defend that and I’m very happy and I wish him all the best at featherweight or at lightweight. I hope that he continues with his victorious path, always healthy.”
Referring to Brian Ortega’s cryptic tweet, Aldo responded by saying that his name is on a list of fighters that he’d like to face.
“Of course. Anyone here who is well-ranked would be a great fight. I put about 15 names in front of Dana [White] and asked him what was the real situation I was in in the division in the UFC and what he imagined for me, so I gave him a list of names and all those in that list, I’d like to face them someday.”
When asked about the UFC featherweight number four ranked Alex Volkanovski, Aldo didn’t appear to know him but said he was open to a fight with him.
“Sorry, sorry to that guy. I don’t know, you can be sure that if you want to fight in Curitiba, if I have the opportunity, I’m in.”
Although Conor McGregor didn’t refer to Aldo’s individual performance, he was complimentary of the card and particularly the passionate Brazilian fans. When told about McGregor’s message, Aldo was keen to express his interest in a rematch with the Irish man.
“To me it would be great. I don’t know if this fight he said [would be] in Rio, it didn’t get to me, but if I have that opportunity at the division above, that way I don’t have to suffer through the weight cut, I think it would be a great fight.
“I think in the first fight we weren’t able to show my work. He connected with a great punch, but if you have another opportunity, I think the story’s going to be different.”
Aldo insists that he will only fight two more times in the UFC. Who would you like to see him face in those two fights?