José Aldo sees the ‘easy way’ to the title, but maintains strong with his decision in his retirement plan

With four remaining fights in his UFC contract, Jose Aldo has already decided to retire from MMA when he ends his obligations to the organization. Once the counting down begins, the indefinite departure of champion Max Holloway may end up shortening the Brazilian’s path in his last title shot. At a virtual press conference that Ag Fight participated in, Aldo made clear the importance of beating Jeremy Stephens this Saturday (28) at UFC Calgary. It would be his chance to challenge the belt against the number 1 feather-weight (66kg) champion Brian Ortega.
Holloway was diagnosed with concussion like symptoms in UFC 226, in which he fought in the co main fight against Ortega. His physical condition is still a mystery. Although the Hawaiian has published this week in his social networks that he is improving, the UFC president Dana White has made it clear that he will not rush the champion’s to return to the octagon.
It is likely that ‘T-City’ will dispute and challenge the title while Max recovers. According to Aldo, he stated “very soon” your future will be defined, but even with a opportunity for the title shot in line, the outcome of retirement will be the same.

Aldo stated “First, I have to win on Saturday. My main goal is to win on Saturday, so, yes, by winning, I will have grand opportunity. Who knows what the future will hold maybe we can make this a belt with Ortega. The fact is that Holloway is going through a problem and we do not know when he will comes back nor even if he will return.”

“The road could be easier. We have to focus on the next fight, the first step is to win on Saturday. We will see the future very soon if we can dispute the belt or not. We do not plan to renew the contract after that.”, he added.

For Aldo, Holloway’s condition is both an example and motive to pressure his retirement. Questioned by Ag. Fight about the serious fear of future health problems caused by fighter career. The former champion stressed that, “yes, our health is a fear for the future”.

According to his analyzation “That’s why I think it’s the right time to stop now. [When] We make this contract, we have this reason mind.” The first goal is to win the belt and then think about this, but, logically not only myself but all athletes have a  fear and high risk of injury. Health comes first, so we have to take the right measures, and precautions so this does not happen”.

The owner of one of the biggest careers in MMA history, José Aldo comes from three defeats in the last four fights. After being knocked out by Conor McGregor, the Brazilian recovered and returned strong by beating Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision at UFC 200 but in the other hand he was knocked out twice by Holloway as he attempted to regain the feather-weight belt.

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