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Chael Sonnen makes case for Jose Aldo title shot after UFC 301

Chael Sonnen wouldn’t be shocked if Jose Aldo bought a title shot after UFC 301.

Aldo (32-8 MMA, 14-7 UFC) seemed in prime kind when he shut out streaking contender Jonathan Martinez on this previous Saturday’s UFC 301 co-main occasion in Rio de Janeiro. Aldo fought out his contract however stated he plans on sitting down with UFC CEO Dana White to debate his future.

Aldo stated “it might be nice” if he might skip the road to problem bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley (18-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) when requested through the UFC 301 post-fight information convention, and Sonnen can see it taking place if O’Malley addresses it.

“I’m going to name for a Jose Aldo title shot,” Sonnen stated his YouTube channel. “You’re going to present me a tough time, I perceive that. … However, if Sean O’Malley goes on his podcast and will get this going instantly – ‘I’m going to do away with Merab, and I’m going to go proper after Jose’ – there’s a very doable likelihood that Jose Aldo goes proper right into a title shot. Now we’re additionally drunk on the joy journey. It’s model new, and it’s recent.

“I perceive these issues, however I might offer you examples. Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping. Dan Henderson’s final combat on his contract. Dana White went, ‘Give him one other combat,’ and it was a world title combat. So, you will discover instances in historical past the place an older man got here again and he did one thing very spectacular. Randy Couture, Daniel Cormier. Daniel fought until 41, pushing 42. Fedor (Emelianenko). Let’s simply do that, play this sport. Stipe Miocic goes by it proper now.”

O’Malley is at present targeted on No. 1 contender Merab Dvalishvili, who is predicted to be his subsequent opponent. Nonetheless, if Aldo does get the title alternative down the road, Sonnen says “The King of Rio” has nonetheless bought it.

“You counted him out simply due to his age. You didn’t depend him out for the rest,” Sonnen stated. “You didn’t depend him out since you didn’t assume he was nice, or he didn’t work onerous, he didn’t have the proper coaching, he didn’t have the proper expertise. It was simply father time got here and bought him.

“You’ll not give me a type of guys that exceeded expectations that was a striker. Jose Aldo solely struck tonight. Did they ever go to the canvas? In the event that they did, it was so fast that I don’t even keep in mind it. He outstruck a youthful Jonathan Martinez, and he did it for quarter-hour. To not point out he was sharp. To not point out he was crisp.”

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