Jose Aldo Considers UFC Future With Boxing Fights Possible

Jose Aldo will consider his future with the news he has one fight left on his UFC deal. 

The former UFC Featherweight Champion retired after losing a unanimous decision against Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278 in 2020. He reversed his retirement as he gets ready to fight Jonathan Martinez at UFC 301 on May 4. Dominick Cruz was considered for Aldo, but he had an injury issue in training camp.

Aldo has had two boxing bouts since his break from MMA. His first fight ended in a majority decision draw against Jeremy Stephens in 2023. A unanimous decision win over Esteban Gabriel Espindola followed in the same year. After that break, Aldo is ready to make a statement in MMA. 

“I think I needed a break for my mind and my body. Just due to the amount of demand I put on myself and the tole that it had taken on me training for the past 20 years. I found a discipline I could focus on which was boxing, and I did that for a while and I was able to kind of recover from all the pressure and everything else. Wanting to be the champion and every fight in there, the tole and the demand I put on myself (was significant). Now I feel like I’ve done that, and I’m able to come back,” Aldo said 

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Aldo could resign with the UFC or explore further boxing fights. Aldo wanted to fight on the Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson card. The event will air on Netflix for the first time in history, making it a big spectacle giving Aldo more exposure. Tyson’s last fight with Roy Jones Jr. in 2020 sold over 1 million PPVs, even if it was an exhibition. The rise of MMA fighters having boxing bouts, including Nate Diaz vs Jorge Masvidal, has left Aldo with more possibilities, especially with the rise of Misfits. 

“That fight with Floyd Mayweather was basically all set and done. Ali (Abdelaziz) was the one that was negotiating that and I don’t really know what happened and it ended up not panning out for us to fight in Saudi Arabia. But there’s a big event on Netflix later this year (with Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson), and hopefully, I can get on that. But we’ll have to see. There’s a lot of options floating,” Aldo added

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