Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is all set to fight at UFC 245 which will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He will be fighting former bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes in his bantamweight debut.
A win for the Brazilian legend could mean a title shot against bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo who himself bested Moraes back in June at UFC 238.
While UFC 245 is taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Jose Aldo reminisces about a place on the other side of the world in Asia. Jose Aldo shares a strong connection to the country of Japan. Jose Aldo had dominated the UFC and WEC scene for so long that it’s quite easy to forget that, he got his start from Japan’s Pancrase.
Jose Aldo fought in Japan back in 2007 at Pancrase Neo-blood tournament finals against Shoji Maruyama and defeated him via unanimous decision.
“One of my first fights was at Pancrase and I even dreamed of being the event’s champion one day, but fate brought me to America. I have a lot of love for Japan, especially for the Japanese fans, who are really passionate about fights. I’m really proud of my history there,” Aldo said.
“Now, I think I’m a new man (at bantamweight). Eating well helped me a lot, gave me more energy and an incredible willpower. I only gained from this change. I am very happy today at this weight and with my performances at the gym, so I look forward to going up to the Octagon and seeing what will happen.”
If Aldo wins against Moraes a fight against Cejudo could do good business for the UFC, however, there are already fighters like Aljamain Sterling who are awaiting title shots.
“I don’t believe I am cutting the line on anybody,” Jose during a recent interview with MMA Fighting. “All the contenders are there, but Marlon is ranked No. 1. I asked for the fight so when I beat the No. 1, and also being a former champion, I should be the one next to fight for the title.”