MMA News: Jose Aldo testing himself in ‘new divisions’ after UFC 212 bout against Max Holloway

PHOTOGRAPH: Maddox/Wikimedia Commons | Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be fighting interim champ Max Holloway at UFC 212 on Saturday for the title unification. After the bout, Aldo plans to move to another division and have superfights.

“Very concrete. I want to test myself in new divisions,” Aldo told MMAjunkie. “I want to test myself against new challenges, new athletes, do superfights. The UFC is opening up that side now. Before, I’d tried to move up to lightweight and couldn’t. It didn’t work out. But not now. I just negotiated two fights. The opponents (lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov) didn’t take them, but I know it’s a lot closer. I have to keep that going. I have to stay motivated. I have to win the fight, and this way I know I can make these challenges.”

After months of negotiations, the title unification bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway finally takes place at UFC 212 at Rio Janeiro Brazil. Aldo is already on the verge of retirement before his fight against Holloway was finalized. As of now, Aldo remains focused on reviving his career and wants to try something new.

Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor 2 unlikely to happen

After reclaiming the featherweight belt, Jose Aldo tried to move up to the lightweight division. He challenged lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson to strengthen his chance of having a rematch against lightweight champ Conor McGregor. Unfortunately, both fighters showed no interest in facing him in the Octagon.

Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras revealed that Aldo desperately wants a rematch against McGregor. They tried to talk to UFC president Dana White to schedule the fight. However, White directly told Aldo that McGregor isn’t interested in fighting him for the second time.

“Always. Always. We want a fight with Conor McGregor,” Pederneiras said. “But it’s hard to get. We know that. We know he doesn’t ever want to fight Aldo again. Maybe in boxing. Maybe he’d accept a boxing match. When we were meeting with Dana, he told us, ‘Conor does not want to fight you. I tried everything to put him into a fight with you. I can’t put a gun to his head.’ That’s the word, from Dana to us. Dana told that to Aldo, directly.”

Max Holloway favorite to win UFC 212 bout against Jose Aldo

As of now, Jose Aldo should focus on his upcoming bout against Max Holloway before talking about moving to another division. ESPN recently spoke to several MMA trainers regarding their UFC 212 predictions. Five out of nine MMA trainers, including McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, believes Holloway will beat Aldo on Saturday night.

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