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Jose Aldo to Pursue Boxing Career After UFC Contract

Jose Aldo to Pursue Boxing Career After UFC Contract

It may have been the most lopsided rivalry in sports history but Aldo and McGregor could be forever linked. Following McGregor's boxing extravaganza, the former two-time featherweight champion could also be headed for a boxing career following his UFC contract's end at least according to his coach, Andre Pederneiras who told reporters about his plans. "He's training boxing because he has this dream of competing in professional boxing," Pederneiras told MMA Fighting website. "We're waiting for the UFC. We're trying to get this fight done against Cub Swanson or someone else."


“If it was up to him, he'd fight all of his UFC fights in three months and go box. He wants to box professionally."


Before the McGregor-Mayweather bout even materialized, Aldo had already told reporters he had plans about moving to boxing. It may seem ironic that the man known for his vicious leg kicks and Muay Thai fighting style wants to transition to boxing but every athlete has dreams.

He may seem old due to how long he's been fighting but Aldo just turned 31. He still has a handful of bouts left on his UFC contract and is still a contender. He could be fighting for the title again in as short as two bouts. "He doesn't want to stay inactive for a long time," Pederneiras said. "He definitely wants to finish the contract." 

Among potential opponents for Aldo are the aforementioned Swanson, who is on a four-fight winning streak but already lost to Aldo back in WEC, the undefeated Brian Ortega, and power puncher Jeremy Stephens. An immediate rematch with new champion Max Holloway isn't that crazy but Aldo will most likely want a "tune up" fight before challenging for the belt again.

The Legend of "Scarface": Jose Aldo Was Once King

Most new UFC fans now simply know of Aldo as the guy McGregor knocked out in 13 seconds. Such a brutal but narrow-minded view of the man who was once the king of all featherweights. Aldo debuted with Zuffa (the former owners of the UFC) under the WEC banner in June 2008 when McGregor was just in his third pro bout. Aldo tore through the WEC like no fighter has ever done. He knocked out his first six opponents including an eight-second flying knee knockout of Swanson.

Aldo's combination of speed, power, and ruthless aggression was difficult to match and he made short work of Mike Brown to win the WEC featherweight title. After two more victories defending the belt, Aldo was promoted as the UFC's inaugural featherweight champion. He defended his title nine times in total including over former champions like Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar.

For four years, Aldo was the undisputed best featherweight and sat at the top-three of the pound-for-pound rankings. Even if he were to retire and leave the UFC now, his legend has already been established. Despite his losses to McGregor Holloway, Aldo is still considered as the greatest featherweight fighter in the sport's history. He was also a "true Brazilian" champion as McGregor stated. Moving to a different sport may not be the smartest move but as far as Aldo is concerned, he has nothing left to prove with the UFC.

Should Aldo complete his move to boxing, his first bouts may gain some general interest. Whether boxing or UFC/MMA, Canadians can look to online sportsbooks to place their bets. These sportsbooks also offer signup bonuses of up to $250. Each the legit online sportsbook listed below has its own strengths and quirks and it's best to have at least two books to gain the optimal odds and betting types for different events. Start you research right here!

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