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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo says he’s undergoing an intense training regime to prepare his body for a move down to the 135-pound division and is eyeing a high-profile matchup against Henry Cejudo.
Aldo dominated the UFC’s 145-pound division for four years before eventually losing his title to Conor McGregor in 2014, when he was knocked out by the Irishman in just 13 seconds.
Since that fight he’s had mixed fortunes inside the Octagon, losing twice to Max Holloway for the belt in 2017 before stringing impressive back-to-back wins over Jeremy Stephens and fellow Brazilian Renato Carneiro.
Aldo’s last saw action in a disappointing loss to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237 in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, although it was his performance that had people scratching their heads given the Brazilian’s inability or unwillingness to pull the trigger during the fight.
Aldo recently talked with MMAFighting.com and said he’s been working hard to change his body for an inevitable move down a division to bantamweight.
“I’m on a diet for a month and my weight is dropping just fine,” said Aldo, revealing he currently weighs around 150 pounds. “I’m training as hard as I’ve ever trained in my life, so I wouldn’t suffer to make featherweight now. My weight is going down well.”
Aldo has had issues making weight in the past but said his new diet has him motivated for a fight against the current bantamweight champ:
“No doubt I’m fighting at 135 next, I’m just waiting for (Henry) Cejudo to decide if he’s going to fight or not,” he said. “If it’s not against him, I have no problem (fighting) anyone else. I’m asking ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) every day, texting and terrorizing Dana (White). This fuc*er should at least come out of the bushes, you either fight or you don’t. All he does is talk that he wants to fight, this internet talk, but that’s easy. I want to see you sign the contract to show you’re a real man and fight me or anyone else.
“Everyone who has two titles is holding up the UFC and that’s not good for me and all athletes that are hopeful for a fight. It’s getting hard nowadays. They say they’ll have an answer for me, but I’m waiting for this sh*t for a month.”