Jose Aldo Says It’s ‘the Restart of His Career’

Published 12/18/2020, 12:10 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: Jose Aldo of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Jose Aldo is a UFC legend. The Brazilian has been one of the longest-reigning champions in the UFC featherweight division. Now having moved down to bantamweight, Aldo finds himself on the back of 3 consecutive losses for the first time in his career. Aldo, 34, is now slated to take on Marlon Vera in the co-main event this weekend.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: (L-R) Opponents Petr Yan of Russia and Jose Aldo of Brazil face off during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

UFC Fight Night 183 will be the last UFC card of 2020. It is headlined by an exciting welterweight matchup between Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Geoff Neal.

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The co-main event will feature Jose Aldo (28-7) taking on Marlon Vera (16-6-1). Vera is most recently coming off a stunning win over Sean O’Malley.

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Jose Aldo motivated to face Marlon Vera

The Brazilian, speaking to MMA Junkie, explained that he is only looking forward to his fight against Vera. Unconcerned about his previous 3 fights, Aldo is looking to get back to winning ways.

He said, “I feel now like it’s the restart of my career. I feel like it’s the first fight of my career, I’m not feeling any pressure because I always fight with great fighters.

“I just keep training hard and get ready for my next opponent. I’m not feeling any pressure.”

Having made his name at Featherweight, Aldo moved down to 135 after his loss to current featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski.

The Brazilian is looking to make a run at the title in the closing stages of his illustrious career. Aldo explained, “What keeps me motivated is the victory.

“I’m training hard because I want to be a champion in my new division. That’s my motivation every day.”

Setbacks galore for Aldo

Aldo believes it’s key to not look ahead of his opponent and is only focused on his upcoming fight. He went on to say, “I will always keep my career step by step.

“Right now I just think about Marlon Vera, but after Marlon Vera, I can think about the future.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Marlon Vera of Ecuador punches Sean O’Malley in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Vera is coming off the back of a stunning win over Sean O’Malley. The two faced off at UFC 252 headlined by Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.

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The Ecuadorian stopped the flashy O’Malley in the first round via TKO. He now looks to end 2021 on a high with a win against a legend like Jose Aldo.

The Brazilian will have to win this fight if he is to continue in the UFC. With the recent fighter cuts, including the likes of Yoel Romero and Fabricio Werdum, another loss could spell doom for Jose Aldo in the promotion.

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Keith Dsouza

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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