Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo says he’s had a better time reducing right down to bantamweight than he has for featherweight.

Aldo, 33, all the time has appeared fairly gaunt when making the 145-pound restrict, so when he introduced that he was dropping right down to 135, it triggered fairly a little bit of concern. However Aldo (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) was capable of show the naysayers flawed when he hit the mark in his bantamweight debut in opposition to Marlon Moraes final December.

Now he’s making ready to combat Petr Yan for the vacant 135-pound title subsequent week at UFC 251. Aldo is presently in a compulsory two-day quarantine interval in Sao Paulo earlier than he flies out to Abu Dhabi for combat week. Though circumstances aren’t superb, Aldo revealed that the lower right down to 135 kilos has been clean.

“These two days right here in Sao Paulo are positively gonna get in the best way of my weight lower a bit bit,” Aldo informed ESPN. “However I purchased a rope to leap, and I’m gonna go within the jacuzzi within the room or no matter. I’m gonna be capable to keep energetic, however I’m comfortable to be part of this, and the lower for 135 has really been so much simpler than it was at 145.”

Though he was edged out in a controversial cut up choice loss to Moraes, Aldo appeared good going the total 15 minutes at a excessive tempo with relative ease. Many individuals scored the combat in Aldo’s favor, and he was awarded a title shot in opposition to now-former champion Henry Cejudo on Might 9. Nevertheless, he was compelled out of the bout resulting from journey restrictions in Brazil throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the belt now vacant following Cejudo’s current retirement, Aldo was booked in opposition to Yan. Simply days away from the showdown, he’s feeling good.

“We tailored every part for me to maneuver down in weight so my diet and every part else, and I actually really feel like I rejuvenated my physique,” Aldo mentioned. “It gave me a whole lot of power, so I’m conserving my weight down greater than I used to be earlier than, and in order that lower right down to 135, I’m nonetheless feeling so much higher after that lower.”