Jose Aldo Talks Fighting At 135 Lbs, Calls Cejudo An ‘Actor’
Jose Aldo was once the undisputed featherweight king. ‘Scarface’ ruled the 145 lb division for a decade; however, in recent years, he was dethroned, and his consecutive losses to Max Holloway left him in a limbo. There was also a time when Aldo considered retirement, and competing in boxing. However, he is now certain about his future, and is eyeing a showdown with two division champion Henry Cejudo.
The Nova Unaio fighter is angling to move down to bantamweight, and his recent photo suggests that the former champion is serious about moving down a weight class. Jose Aldo looked in tremendous shape during a recent media event in Rio de Janeiro, and spoke about wanting to fight at UFC 245.
“I’m on a diet for a month and my weight is dropping just fine”, Aldo said, while mentioning that he weighs around 150 pounds now (h/t MMA Fighting). “I’m training as hard as I’ve ever trained in my life, so I wouldn’t suffer to make featherweight now. My weight is going down well.”
“No doubt I’m fighting at 135 next, I’m just waiting for (Henry) Cejudo to decide if he’s going to fight or not”, Jose continued, taking a shot at Cejudo. “If it’s not against him, I have no problem (fighting) anyone else. I’m asking ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) every day, texting and terrorizing Dana (White). This f***** should at least come out of the bushes, you either fight or you don’t. All he does is talk that he wants to fight, this internet talk, but that’s easy. I wanna see you sign the contract to show you’re a real man and fight me or anyone else.
“Everyone who has two titles is holding up the UFC and that’s not good for me and all athletes that are hopeful for a fight. It’s getting hard nowadays. They say they’ll have an answer for me, but I’m waiting for this sh*t for a month.”
Jose Aldo last lost to Alexander Volkanovski, who will fight Max Holloway next for the featherweight title on December 14th at UFC 245, inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. While Jose admits that Cejudo is unlikely to fight this year, he is open to fighting anyone, including Marlon Moraes.
“Anyone. I see no problems. I’ve never picked fights”, Aldo said. “It don’t think Cejudo will fight now, he’s just an actor in the media now, all he does is talk, send messages, calling people out for attention, but won’t sign the f***ing contract.
“It’s like he’s already on his knees, he’s as tall as my knees, so I don’t even need to bend the knee”, Aldo said, mocking Henry’s “Bend the knee to ‘Triple C'” videos. “I just want him to sign the contract. That’s all. We’re all waiting for that. He talk and talks but does nothing. He won the 125-pound title and did nothing else. Olympic medalist, cool, let’s respect that, but he hasn’t done anything in the UFC.”