Jose Aldo Considers Several Offers Post-UFC 301 Win, Awaits UFC Decision

Former UFC champion Jose Aldo, who returned from a two-year retirement to win a unanimous decision at UFC 301, is in negotiations with UFC and other organizations about his fighting future, with his priority being to continue his MMA career and potentially challenge for the UFC bantamweight title.

Jose Aldo, the MMA legend, wrapped up his UFC contract in style. UFC 301 saw him deliver a classic performance, trouncing the up-and-coming Jonathan Martinez in a three-round unanimous decision. What’s next for Aldo? That’s the million-dollar question.

Aldo’s been out of the game for two years before UFC 301. His future in the ring? Still up in the air. The UFC could match any offers he gets, but Aldo didn’t come back just to become a free agent. Nah, he wanted to test his mettle under MMA rules again after a brief stint in boxing (2-0-1, not too shabby).

“But now, yes, it’s time to negotiate,” Aldo spilled the beans on The MMA Hour. He’s ready to sit down with UFC and figure out what’s next. Aldo’s manager, ‘Dede’ [Andre Pederneiras], is in talks with Sean [Shelby] from UFC. Offers are on the table, but the UFC negotiations are just getting started. It’s up to ‘Dede’, Sean, and Dana [White] to hash out what’s best for Aldo’s future.

Before signing the deal for the Martinez fight at UFC 301, Aldo was all set to box Neeraj Goyat. This was supposed to happen in the undercard of Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson. Aldo, a former UFC and WEC champ, expressed his interest in challenging Sean O’Malley for the UFC bantamweight title if he strikes a new deal with UFC. He’s got his eyes set on the championship in 2024.

“I have to give priority to what I have my entire life, right?” Aldo mused. He’s grateful for his career, all thanks to UFC. He’s considering sticking with MMA. After all, he’s been in it for 20 years, giving it his all. No breaks, no vacations, just training. The time off was a boon for his mind and body. Now, he feels like a top-notch MMA fighter again.

Before retiring in 2022, Aldo had a three-fight winning streak at bantamweight. He bested Pedro Munhoz, Rob Font, and Marlon Vera before a decision loss to Merab Dvalishvili. His dream? To claim the 135-pound championship.

Aldo’s waiting to see what UFC has in store for him. His future, and his family’s future, depends on it. “It all depends now what they will present me and what the plan for the future is,” Aldo said. Money isn’t the issue; it’s about what he can do and where he can go. His dream was to become a champion, and he’s trained for it. His body is ready. His comeback showcased his all-rounded MMA skills. He’s feeling great and ready to do more. Who knows, he might be the future champ.


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