Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is all set to make his bantamweight debut against Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 which will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Back in August, Jose Aldo had said that he already planned on moving down to bantamweight division in order to secure a title fight against UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion Henry Cejudo. But not many believed him until the fight was announced.
Now Jose Aldo has said in a recent interview with AG Fight that he has seven more years of fighting left in him. Aldo turned 33 in September, which means he intends to fight till he is 40 and on top of that he said he also wants to compete in boxing.
“I will fight until I am 40 years old. I’m 33, so seven more years fighting. Boxing I still have a dream, it will happen soon. You can be sure. But I will fight for even longer. This is the first at bantamweight to be champion. It can be even more (than 40 years). Because out of my career, I never went out at night, going out, drinking, I have a healthy body and that’s the first point,” Aldo said.
Jose Aldo also said that his longtime coach Andre Pederneiras convinced him to move down in weight class and compete at 135lbs.
“What makes me struggle is that over the years I didn’t want to, but I talked to Dede, he asked me to fight the bantamweight. I had an idea that it would be hard to beat weight, diet, but it was the other way around. I’m feeling strong, training well. Even at WEC I didn’t have that potential. It makes me believe that I have a lot to give and you can be sure that I will fight for many years. If I’m feeling good, fast, fast like I’ve never been, there’s no point in stopping now. I want to win the weight, make history and then think about what to do,” Aldo said. (H/T – BJPenn.com)
Do you guys think Jose Aldo will make a transition to boxing?