ABU DHABI – Jose Aldo sees nothing controversial about his title shot at UFC 251.
Aldo, the previous UFC featherweight champion, fights Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title within the co-main occasion Saturday. Aldo (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) is coming off an unsuccessful bantamweight debut the place he misplaced a cut up determination to Marlon Moraes in December. Though it was a controversial defeat, many didn’t agree with the deserves of Aldo’s title shot as different prime contenders coming off wins have been out there.
Aldo, the third fighter in UFC historical past to battle for a title off two consecutive non-title losses, isn’t involved with the critics, although. He firmly believes he must be combating for the vacant belt.
“I’m not anxious about that,” Jose Aldo advised MMA Junkie by way of a translator throughout a media scrum Wednesday. “I gained that battle. Even the judges afterwards stated they agree with me. I beat Marlon, who’s the No. 1 contender, so it doesn’t trouble me in any respect. I should be right here.”
Whether or not or not the title shot was warranted, there’s no denying Aldo’s achievements and impression on the game. Regardless of his success, the Brazilian isn’t able to reminisce on his accolades as he nonetheless has work to do.
“It was all the time a dream of mine to be a champ in two completely different divisions,” Aldo stated. “At first, I believed I used to be going to need to go as much as light-weight, however now I’m right down to bantamweight. I actually do suppose someday once I cease combating I’m going to have the ability to look again and see all the pieces that I did.”
Aldo feels assured in his second drop to 135 kilos and, as of now, has no plans of returning to featherweight. All of his focus is on bantamweight.