Aldo Wants to Start Boxing Career
Jose Aldo wants to make the transition from MMA to boxing before his fighting career is done. Sound familiar?
After his former foe Conor McGregor began pursuing a high-profile boxing fight, featherweight king Aldo has said that one of his goals is to become a champion in both boxing and MMA.
"First of all, it’s not about money. I want to keep it clear. Thank God the UFC and MMA gave me a lot of stuff,” Aldo told TV Combate (h/t MMAFighting). "Yes, I think about having a career in boxing, but I want to start from the bottom, start from zero. I want to get ranked and one day fight for a belt. I don’t want to fight just to fight, for money, to go after big fights and challenge a great champion."
While McGregor is looking towards boxing for a blockbuster fight with pound-for-pound, currently retired king Floyd Mayweather, Aldo has more serious and traditional ambitions for his own potential ring career. He believes that he can climb the ranks just like any young boxer, and one day become a champion in the ring as he is in the cage.
"I respect every boxer, but I want to start from the bottom. I want a career in boxing. That was my biggest dream, to one day become champion in MMA and boxing. That is my biggest dream."
Aldo may be following McGregor’s lead when it comes to expressing interest in boxing, but that doesn’t mean the Brazilian champion gives any thought to his old Irish rival. Having bounced back from the 13-second knockout loss that McGregor handed him in 2015, Aldo is focusing strictly on his own career. For now, that means unifying the featherweight title in a bout with interim champion Max Holloway.
"I hope Conor gets f***ed, that’s what matters to me,” Aldo said. "I don’t give a damn about him. I’ve already said he’s sh*t, so what he does or doesn’t do, I don’t care. I worry about myself. I’m training to defend my belt. I want to fly higher."