Former long-time featherweight champion José Aldo has grand plans for himself after UFC 237. Should he get past Alexander Volkanovski, the 32-year-old veteran fighter is looking to regain the belt and take a super fight, before ultimately riding into the sunset.
A win over Volkanovksi will be a second consecutive one for Aldo, which for him, is enough to merit a third title fight with Max Holloway, or whomever the champion would be.
“Yes. With (Holloway) or whomever’s there. I don’t know,” Aldo told MMA Junkie when asked if he sees a title fight in 2019. “I think a guy who could also fight him for the title is Frankie Edgar, but I don’t know if they’re going to give him this fight. Maybe in July.
“But I think, until December, I’ll be fighting for a belt. After this one, with a win, I don’t think there’s another fight that isn’t for the title.”
If Aldo does regain the belt, he will have to put his retirement plans on hold, given the UFC’s Champion’s Clause that automatically renews and extends a titleholder’s contract. It is something he welcomes as he intends to end his career with the UFC, but he is also planning to take an extended break in the coming year.
“It will all depend on this year,” he said. “I think I’m giving it my all this year so I can get the new title shot and who knows. I don’t know about 2020, because I want to take one year to not do anything. Like a sabbatical, so I can just enjoy life a bit and maybe return.
“So I don’t know about 2020, but 2021, it could be.”
UFC 237 will take place this Saturday, May 11th, in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. It will be headlined by a women’s strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade.