As Jose Aldo waits to see when and who he’ll fight next, chances are he wasn’t expecting a callout from Michael Johnson.
Aldo is coming off a stoppage loss to Max Holloway in June, which ended the Brazilian star’s second reign as featherweight champ. There’s been talk about Aldo fighting Cub Swanson for a second time (he quickly took out the latter way back in 2009), but nothing has been confirmed.
Well, Johnson attended a fan Q&A this week in advance of UFC Fight Night Rotterdam, and during the event, the lightweight said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I was thinking about making a move down to 145, because I’ve fought everybody in the top-10 at 155, I think it’s time for me to see some new faces in the cage,” Johnson said.
“Jose Aldo, he’s looking to get out of his contract, he’s a great champion, so I would love to go down to 145 and fight him. Anytime, anywhere. I’m hoping in December I’ll go down to Brazil and fight him. I just love good, exciting fights and he’s a guy that I would love to get in there with.”
This is interesting to hear. Johnson’s long been a staple in the lightweight division, but since he’s dropped four of his last five fights, it might be the right move to make. The American was likely referring to the fact that recently Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, reported that the former champ wants to move to pro-boxing.
So, ultimately, it could depend on what Aldo wants to accomplish in his final UFC fights. If he wants to secure another shot at the belt, then fighting a top contender at 145, like Swanson, makes sense. Johnson is a talented fighter, and has faced many, top tier lightweights, but he may need to score a win at featherweight first, before Aldo’s interested.
Johnson is coming off a stoppage loss to Justin Gaethje in July, in what was one of the best fights, if not the best, of the year.