‘I Would Fight Him Next’- Jose Aldo Wants to Fight TJ Dillashaw With a Win at UFC 265

Published 08/05/2021, 8:50 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Jose Aldo prepares for his featherweight title fight against Conor McGregor during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Former UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo will face Pedro Munhoz in a Bantamweight matchup this weekend at UFC 265. Ranked no.5, a win over Munhoz will put Aldo in a position to compete with the best in the division, such as TJ Dillashaw, Cory Sandhagen, and Rob Font. 

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In a recent interview, discussing the depth of the Bantamweight division, Jose Aldo expressed his interest in a bout with the former two-time champ of the division, TJ Dillashaw. “I didn’t watch the fight, but I’m happy because he is back, and of course I would fight him, maybe next.”

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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Aldo talk about Dillashaw. It was in his recent post-fight interview after defeating Marlon Vera that the Brazilian called out Dillashaw, who was serving a USADA sentence at the time. 

As of now, Dillashaw is most likely to compete for the title against the winner of the rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. However, a massive fight between two veterans, such as Aldo and Dillashaw, will undoubtedly do great numbers. 

Their fighting styles and championship experience in the octagon will ensure that the fans get to witness a back-and-forth battle. And although Dillashaw may be the favorite going into the fight, underestimating an aging Aldo would be a huge mistake.

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Will Jose Aldo become a champion again?  

Following a series of losses against the likes of fighters like Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski, Jose Aldo made the move down to Bantamweight. As of now, the 34-year-old has a record of 1-2 at bantamweight. He came up short against Petr Yan and Marlon Moraes, and a win over Marlon Vera in his last outing. Keeping this in mind, the chances of Aldo capturing the belt at Bantamweight seem rather slim.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 13: Jose Aldo of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 245 weigh-ins at T-Mobile Arena on December 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, Aldo has proven us all wrong repeatedly. Another win over a perennial contender like Pedro Munhoz will certainly boost the veteran’s confidence along with adding momentum. While some believe Aldo’s loss to Petr Yan clearly highlighted his inability to compete at the highest level, others argue he has a lot more left in him.

Even if Aldo cannot make his way back to a title shot, there are plenty of exciting matchups for the veteran before he hangs his gloves up. Regardless, Jose Aldo will go down as one of the greatest fighters in the UFC.

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What do you think? Will Jose Aldo become a champion once more? Let us know in the comments.

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