Aldo Eyes Title Shot With Win In Fortaleza

On Saturday February 2nd, the UFC returns to Brazil and ESPN+ with their UFC Fight Night Fortaleza event.

Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo makes his return to the Octagon on Saturday night, but not in the main event. Instead Aldo will face off against Renato Moicano in the card’s co-main event, due to advice from his coach Andre Pederneiras.

”I never turned anything down,” Aldo said. “The thing about three or five rounds, it was ‘Dede’ who thought it wouldn’t be good. You can ask him. He made the fight three rounds, he thought it would be better. To me, it doesn’t matter. Five, 10 rounds, however many they want, I’ll do it against Moicano or anyone else. I have no problem with that. I train for that, that’s what I do every day. I want to get there and always do my best. I never said otherwise.”

”It’s tough to see me in the in the co-main event,” Aldo said.

“Of course, respecting both of them, Raphael (and Moraes) will be the main event, (but) it’s tough to see the name I have and not being the main event. I had that in my mind, but if I got to where I am today was thanks to ‘Dede’, and he knows really well what he’s doing.”

Pederneiras told reporters that he has no issue with Aldo fighting a five-round fight, but only if there was a title shot on the other side of it. “Since there’s no possibility that Aldo fights for the belt,” Aldo’s trianer explained. “I explained him everything and he agreed. If (Brian) Ortega had won (against Max Holloway), this fight could be five rounds to elevate him (for a title shot), but even if Aldo accepted a five-round fight now and knocks [Moicano] out in 30 seconds, his next one won’t be for the title, everybody knows that.

“If Dana says before the next fight, ‘This fight will determine who fights for the title,’ he will fight five, 10, 12 rounds, whatever is necessary, but that’s not the case for this fight now.”

Aldo-Moicano acts as the co-main event for UFC Fight Night Fortaleza on February 2nd from Fortaleza Brazil, airing on ESPN+ at 8pm.


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