Jose Aldo Eyeing a Fight With Dominick Cruz Following Win Over Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night

Published 12/20/2020, 9:51 PM EST


Jose Aldo is without a doubt one of the greatest featherweights to have ever competed in the UFC. The Brazilian held the belt for the better part of a decade. ‘Junior’ also had multiple title defenses at 145-pounds. He now aims to replicate that at a different weight class and aims to add his name to a list of fighters to have won belts in two divisions. 

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‘Junior’ recently moved down to 135-pounds. His start at bantamweight did not get off to the best possible start as he lost his debut fight against Marlon Moraes. He then faced Petr Yan for the belt at UFC 251 and was thoroughly beaten by the champion. 

However, Aldo bounced back from a three-fight skid to secure an impressive win over a dangerous adversary in Marlon Vera. ‘Chito’ was just off an impressive stoppage win over rising prospect Sean O’Malley. 

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Read: “That’s my belt”- TJ Dillashaw responds to Jose Aldo call out 

Jose Aldo reveals who he would like to fight next 

In the post-fight press conference, Aldo was asked who he would like to fight next. The Brazilian replied, “I think the category has new names coming up. There’s TJ Dillashaw, Dominick Cruz, Frankie Edgar, who has a fight with Cory Sandhagen.”

“If it isn’t (Dillashaw), it could be Dominick too, it could be anyone. We have to be busy, to draw attention to our category. Or even (Henry) Cejudo himself, if he comes back, we are willing to make this fight.”

‘Junior’ continued, “I think the category is going to be busy. Petr (Yan) is a quiet kid, I know him and support him. If I can keep the title, I’m happy. But new challenges will come, there will be new athletes”

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Following his fight, Aldo called out former champion T.J. Dillashaw, whose suspension will be up in January following a two-year ban. 

Dominick Cruz last fought at UFC 249 where he lost to Henry Cejudo. A fight between Aldo and Cruz will be an epic clash, one that MMA fans will relish. 

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What would you make of a fight between Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz? Do you think the UFC should make this fight? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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