Jose Aldo’s Targeting Move to 135, Bout With Henry Cejudo
By FCF Staff
For years, there’s been talk about Jose Aldo competing at lightweight. But, now the former featherweight champ’s reporting he’s interested in moving down to bantamweight to fight champion, Henry Cejudo.
Aldo is coming off a decision loss to Alexander Volkanovski in May, which followed the legend’s back-to-back, stoppage wins over Jeremy Stephens and Renato “Moicano”. The 32-year-old recently spoke with Combate, and while discussing his next move, Aldo said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I sat down with everybody, did a study, and I think there’s a real possibility I can make 61kg [135 pounds],” Aldo said. “This is the new division I want to move to, and I’m asking for the title shot right away. That’s what matters for me now. Cejudo said he’s open to (fighting) anyone, so I’m open to that. I want the opportunity to fight against him and beat him.”
“He’s an Olympic champion, a great athlete, and I respect his history a lot,” Aldo said about Cejudo. “He deserves everything he’s winning, he has his merits. If the UFC thinks it’s a great fight, I think they’ll want that, it’s a huge challenge. He’s been talking after defeating (Moraes) that he was open to fighting big names. Since he’s open, it’s the green light.”
The flyweight and bantamweight champ Cejudo is currently sidelined after undergoing shoulder surgery. The Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler isn’t expected to fight again until 2020.