Jose Aldo Calls Out a Former Bantamweight Champion Following His Win Over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265

Published 08/09/2021, 12:50 AM EDT


Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo proved a lot of doubters wrong with his performance against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265. ‘Junior’ moved down a weight class to 135-pounds and made his debut in December 2019 against Marlon Moraes, a fight he lost via split decision. Aldo then succumbed to a loss against Petr Yan for the title. A fight where he got dominated from the first bell and battered for five rounds. 

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Following the two losses, fans and pundits alike called for Aldo to retire from the sport, fearing that he was no longer the same fighter who was a world champion. 

However, ‘Junior’ bounced back brilliantly in his next fight, and secured a win against Marlon Vera in December last year. He followed that up this weekend with a brilliant win over Munhoz. A fight where he looked as good as he ever has. 

Following the win, Aldo shared his thoughts on who might be next and a fight with former champion TJ Dillashaw. He said, “It’s step by step (until the title). The next one is to do one more fight. I hope to fight until December and the big opponent for me would be Dillashaw. It would be a great fight. We would gain a lot from this fight, so I hope it happens. He’s a big name in the division.”

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Jose Aldo vs TJ Dillashaw for the number one contender spot?

‘The King of Rio’ put on a performance for the ages against a very tough competitor in Munhoz. He set a record for the most significant strikes of his career in a single fight. This record is mind-boggling, given he has competed multiple times in five-round fights but took just three rounds to set the record last night. 

He is currently on a two-fight win streak and understands that Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling will have to fight it out before they can set up a title fight. In the meantime, a fight against Dillashaw would make perfect sense for both parties involved. A fight between Aldo and Dillashaw would be for the number one contender spot. And a fight that would be a treat for fans to watch.

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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