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Jose Aldo discusses what’s subsequent after ending contract at UFC 301


Jose Aldo, one of many greatest names in MMA right this moment, has accomplished his contract with the UFC and is on the verge of changing into one of many hottest free brokers within the sport.

The previous UFC and WEC champion made his extremely anticipated return to the octagon this previous Saturday, defeating bantamweight contender Jonathan Martinez within the co-main occasion of UFC 301 in Rio de Janeiro. This was Aldo’s return struggle since retiring from MMA in 2022 and likewise the final struggle on his UFC contract.

Effectively, after proving he’s nonetheless a pressure at 37 years of age, many are questioning what might be subsequent for Aldo.

“Proper originally once I requested for this struggle, they talked about (preventing for the title), and I stated, ‘No, settle down. Let’s struggle first,” Aldo stated to MMA Preventing and different reporters on the UFC 301 post-fight press convention. “‘Let me struggle first. First it’s a must to see. Let’s not rush issues. So let’s go slowly, let’s get there, let’s struggle, and let’s placed on a efficiency, after which you know the way I’m.’

“In order that’s what I attempted to do. I needed to struggle right here first, now sure, I can sit down with Dana (White) and see what’s the finest path we are able to take.”

Aldo (32-8 MMA, 14-7 UFC) plans to maintain on preventing and is involved in preventing for the UFC title at 135 kilos as soon as once more. He additionally revealed that the UFC has an identical interval to compete with any incoming provides earlier than totally changing into a free agent.

Aldo is seeking to sit down with UFC CEO Dana White and talk about what’s subsequent. He’s not ruling out re-signing with the UFC, but in addition a return to boxing.

“Yeah, that may be,” Aldo stated when requested about potential boxing fights in opposition to Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. “I acquired provides. I used to be despatched a contract, however I stated no. I’m with the UFC (nonetheless), so I must struggle, so I can see how I’m. That was a giant window that opened up for me. … My life has all the time been right here (within the UFC), so I’ve to return and sit with them and see what’s the perfect path I can take.”

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