Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has stated that he has no interest in fighting former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz but instead wants to have a No. 1 contender fight against TJ Dillashaw. Jose is riding an amazing two-fight winning streak in the division. He faced his last defeat against the former bantamweight champion Petr Yan. Yan lost the belt to Sterling via decision. Now Jose is looking for his next challenge which many people thought might be Dominick Cruz but turns out that Aldo has some different plans.
In his recent interview, Jose talked about his fighting future and how he plans his next fight which he desperately wants against TJ Dillashaw. TJ is coming off a decision win over Cory Sandhagen. TJ fought after 2 years in which he served the suspension he received for a failed drug test.
“I heard some reporters talking about this fight [with Cruz] but I think we’re both going different directions,” Aldo said to MMAFighting. “He’s more dedicated to [UFC] broadcasts than his own fighting career. I don’t think about fighting Dominick today. I respect him, I also like him for the fact he’s one of the greatest bantamweight champions, but right now I’m heading towards the title. There’s no reason why I’ll stop and do a fight that will take me nowhere. It’s more likely for me to fight Rob Font than Dominick Cruz.”
“I want to climb step-by-step,” Aldo said. “I may have bitten off more than I could chew [early in my bantamweight run] but it happens, you aim big and hit big. But it’s different now, we’re going step-by-step, adapting to the division. After this great fight, I want to put on another great performance by December.
“Dillashaw is the focus,” Aldo continued. “If it’s early next year, I can wait too. I’ll leave that up to ‘Dede’ [coach Andre Pederneiras] to deal with. I want to fight by December or January, tops. With another great fight and win, we can get closer to the belt.”
“Right now, the moment we’re going through, we’ll earn it,” Aldo said. “It’s not hard, especially because Petr and Sterling, whoever has the belt, my name will always be way bigger and draw way more attention. But it’s a whole other story now, right? We’re doing our homework, preparing right, winning fights step-by-step and earning a title shot. There’s no reason why it wouldn’t happen. It doesn’t matter. I’ve earned it, I’m beating everyone.”
“And I want to win and leave no doubt that it’s not due to my name or the fact that I’m the greatest featherweight champion, I’ll earn it through my merits and achievements and the wins I’ll get. I know I’ll be the next challenger when I win my next fight regardless [of who’s the champion].”
Jose Aldo at the moment seems very confident about his future plans. A few weeks back TJ also showed interest in fighting Aldo for the no.1 contender spot.
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