Jose Aldo says he will never fight for any other MMA promotion.
Aldo, who is on a three-fight losing skid, is set to return to the Octagon at UFC Vegas 17 against Marlon Vera. It’s a very intriguing matchup and one many believe is do-or-die for the Brazilian if he wants to remain on the UFC roster given the promotion is releasing 60 fighters.
If Aldo happens to be one of those cuts, the former featherweight champion says he won’t fight for any other promotion.
“Never, never. I don’t even think about being away (from the UFC). Tomorrow, if my contract ends, I renew with the UFC just to stay at Ultimate,” Aldo said to AG Fight. “I started and I want to finish inside the UFC. It is not a question of money. Thanks to God, I was able to prepare for this moment of living post-fight, after my professional life. So, it never crosses my mind to fight for another organization.”
Jose Aldo is coming off a fifth-round TKO loss to Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title. Before that, he suffered a split decision loss to Marlon Moraes in his bantamweight debut.
Although Aldo is a big name and could get a title shot with a few wins, he isn’t worried about the title shot. Instead, for the Brazilian, all, he is focused on is winning fights and eventually, the title shot will come.
“Nowadays I don’t think about the belt, I don’t think about anything, I just think about winning fights. That is my objective: to win, to win, to win,” Aldo said.
Jose Aldo is currently 34-years-old and 4-6 in his last 10. If he beat Vera on Saturday night, he could very well get a top-seven opponent next time out. Given how stacked bantamweight is, he will need to win on Saturday to remain a contender.