Aldo latest fighter to talk up boxing career
January 30, 2017
Jose Aldo became the latest UFC fighter to talk about boxing as an alternative to fighting in the UFC per MMA Fighting.
In an interview with Brazilian outlet TV Combate, Aldo talked about wanting to start “at the bottom” in boxing and work his way up. Unlike Conor McGregor’s plan to fight Floyd Mayweather, Aldo set out a long-term vision in boxing. Aldo stated that it’s not for the money as he wants to hold titles in both MMA and boxing some day.
Of course, one might see this as posturing as Aldo tries to get main event fights in the UFC. He hopes to fight in late April, early May.
With Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz obtaining boxing licenses, it seems that the default leverage maneuver for disgruntled UFC fighters. Similar with the obstacles that McGregor will face if he decides to promote a fight in boxing without the UFC approval, Aldo would face similar issues. Essentially, the UFC would likely block (via lawsuit in the form of a court injunction) any potential sanctioned boxing match Aldo attempts to participate in if the company does not give it its blessing. Likely, it’s another method of saber-rattling from Aldo to get the UFC to pay attention.