UFC Featherweight Champ Jose Aldo: ‘I was very close to it’ on fighting for the interim lightweight title

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UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is yet to fight again in the Octagon since defeating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. “Scarface” expressed his intention to fight several fighters but none of them showed any interest. Aldo revealed how close he was in getting a fight at 155 and said why the fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson didn’t happen.

“I was very close to it,” Aldo said of the proposed bout with Nurmagomedov. “We were jumping the line there when we booked a fight for March 4th with Khabib, but his father refused [the fight]. After that we tried Ferguson, he asked for more money and UFC didn’t accept. So it was very close to happening. Now I don’t know how things are, now we are back out of the line again.”

After UFC 206, Jose Aldo knew he’ll be fighting Max Holloway for the title unification. Unfortunately, Holloway continues to avoid him and make excuses. Aldo also called out lightweight contenders Nurmagomedov and Ferguson to fight him for the interim belt.

However, both fighters decided to fight each other at UFC 209. As most people think, Aldo has one major goal on why he decided to move to another weight division. He wants to take revenge against the man who ended his reign in the featherweight division.

Aldo automatically became the featherweight champion after the UFC forced Conor McGregor to relinquish his belt. Recalling at UFC 194, “The Notorious” only needed 13 seconds to take away the belt from “Junior Mac.”

Since then, Aldo has been campaigning for a rematch against McGregor. After winning the interim featherweight title, Aldo believed that McGregor has no choice but to fight him for the second time. Unfortunately, the Irishman decided to move to the lightweight division and aim for his second belt.

Max Holloway’s excuses frustrate Jose Aldo’s camp

As of now, it remains questionable who will be Aldo’s next opponent. Interim featherweight champion Max Holloway has not given any date of return, delaying the title unification bout. Aldo’s head coach Andre Pederneiras voiced out his dismay at Holloway’s excuses.

“Sincerely I don’t know what goes on this guy’s head,” Pederneiras said. “What is happening in UFC today makes us very upset. Holloway, when he accepted the fight with Pettis, both of them knew that the fight was scheduled for February 11th, and both accepted that fight. One or two days later he says that his foot is injured, that he has to take his kid to Disney and that his gym closed. He gave three excuses two days later.”

Pederneiras revealed that the UFC offered Aldo to defend the title against top-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson. Though Swanson deserves a title shot, Aldo will surely prefer to fight Holloway first.

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