Jose Aldo has a fight coming in few days against Renato Moicano as the Co-main event at UFC Fight Night 144. UFC initially wanted this fight to be in the main event but Jose Aldo wanted the fight to be a 3 round fight.
Jose Aldo has also expressed his plans on retiring from the sport after completing the three fights that have left in his UFC contract.
Recently Jose Aldo explained the reason for wanting a 3 round fight,
“I never turned anything down. The thing about three or five rounds, it was ‘Dede’ who thought it wouldn’t be good. You can ask him. He made the fight three rounds, he thought it would be better. To me, it doesn’t matter. Five, 10 rounds, however many they want, I’ll do it against Moicano or anyone else. I have no problem with that. I train for that, that’s what I do every day. I want to get there and always do my best. I never said otherwise.” said Aldo.
Jose added, “It’s tough to see me in the in the co-main event. Of course, respecting both of them, Raphael [and Moraes] will be the main event, [but] it’s tough to see the name I have and not being the main event. I had that in my mind, but if I got to where I am today was thanks to ‘Dede’, and he knows really well what he’s doing.”
Aldo’s coach, Pederneiras explained the reason why a 3 round fight is best for Jose right now.
“Aldo became WEC champion in 2009, so we’ve been training his body for five rounds for nine years. There’s a huge toll in what you do. So, when someone thinks, ‘Oh, it’s just two more rounds’, no, it’s a completely different preparation.”, said Pederneiras.
He added, “Since there’s no possibility that Aldo fights for the belt, I explained him everything and he agreed. If Ortega had won [against Max Holloway], this fight could be five rounds to elevate him (for a title shot), but even if Aldo accepted a five-round fight now and knocks [Moicano] out in 30 seconds, his next one won’t be for the title, everybody knows that.”
“If Dana says before the next fight, ‘This fight will determine who fights for the title,’ he will fight five, 10, 12 rounds, whatever is necessary, but that’s not the case for this fight now.”