Recently rising featherweights Zabit Magomedsharipov and Renato Moicano have let it be known that they’re interested in fighting Jose Aldo. But, the legendary, former champ has outlined why he’s not interested in facing either of those two…yet.
Following Moicano’s first round, submission win over perennial contender, Cub Swanson last month, he respectfully called for a bout with his “idol”, Aldo. After Magomedsharipov tapped out Brandon Davis this past weekend at UFC 228, with a painful looking knee bar, he also reported he would be interested in throwing hands with Aldo.
So what’s Aldo thinking in terms of his next bout? Well, recently the 32 year-old Brazilian star spoke with the media, and when asked about the callouts from Moicano and Magomedsharipov, he said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
I can’t say there’s an ideal guy at featherweight because they’re all behind me, they are all trying to promote themselves to get to a title fight, and they all know I’m ahead of them. Especially if Brian wins, if he wins there’s no other option. That’s what we’re waiting for. There’s no reason for me to fight (them) now. In the future, yes, I want to fight them all because that’s how I have always was, fighting the best. If they are the best, I want to fight the best.
Exactly, yes. They are below me and it doesn’t make sense. For them to move up in the division they have to fight me, but that’s not my idea now. My idea is to fight for the belt as soon as possible.
Now, from a fan’s, short term perspective, this is unfortunate news, as Aldo – Moicano or Aldo – Magomedsharipov have ‘must see’ written all over them. But can you fault Aldo for his stance here?
It’s certainly true from a ranking’s perspective, Aldo has nothing to gain by fighting either one of them. Moicano is ranked #4, and Zabit is currently #15 (that will likely change when the new rankings go up). Aldo, meanwhile, is sitting in the #2 spot, so, he would be risking a title shot by facing either guy. In other words, you can understand why Aldo’s waiting for Brian Ortega to fight the champ Max Holloway in December, since if Ortega wins, he’ll be next in line (as he noted).
On the other hand, what if Holloway gets by Ortega? Since the champ has already defeated Aldo twice, the renowned fighter might decide he has no better option other than to battle Moicano (since the latter is higher ranked). But, even if Aldo faced Moicano and beat him, would the UFC really book Holloway – Aldo III in 2019?
In other words, if Holloway retains the belt later this year, we might finally see Aldo competing at 155.