Jose Aldo will forever be known as the one of the greatest featherweights of all time, but as UFC on FOX 26 approaches, Kenny Florian’s questioning if the star’s still motivated to fight.
Aldo has been booked to fight Ricardo Lamas at the December 16th event, which will mark the second time the two have fought. Lamas faced Aldo back in 2014, when he was ruling the 145 division, and lost via decision.
Since then, however, Aldo’s gone 2-2, and he’s been stopped by Conor McGregor and Max Holloway. After Aldo’s quick, KO loss to McGregor in 2015, he seemed determined to rematch his rival and reclaim his status as the planet’s best featherweight. But, more recently, Aldo’s coach has reported that the 31 year-old is hoping to fight out his UFC deal, and transition into pro-boxing.
“That’s the big question for me because although he was winning the majority of that fight against Max Holloway, early on especially, as the fight went on it seemed like it was the Jose Aldo that kind of loses interest in the fight,” Florian said.
“It seemed like maybe he was a little bit bored or didn’t want to work as hard as he normally does during the fight. He didn’t have that same kind of pep in his step and Holloway just took it to him, kept pressuring him backwards and Holloway just broke him mentally…
“For Aldo, this is an interesting fight to see, are you still motivated to fight? Are you still out there to win and put out your best performance? Especially against a guy he already beat, we’re gonna find out pretty quickly what Jose Aldo is all about and if he truly wants to get back to the top of this division.”
Aldo and his camp would likely deny that the star was “bored” in his scrap with Holloway, but these are fair questions. If Aldo is seriously considering moving from MMA to boxing, and isn’t thinking about another title run, then maybe he’s not completely focused on Lamas etc.
On the other hand, Aldo does seem to care about his legacy, and winning in the Octagon will help him move tickets, regardless of what sport he’s in.
UFC on FOX 26 will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.