Jose Aldo Wants to Fight at UFC 217

Updated: September 7, 2017

The 30-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist said he wants to get booked for the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) 217 happening in the Madison Square Garden on November 4.

UFC management has not confirmed that there will be a match for Aldo, but the former champion said that he can’t wait to fight again. Aldo added that it has always been his dream to fight in New York.

“It’s a dream to fight (in New York), especially at Madison Square Garden,” Aldo said in a report by Guilherme Cruz on MMA Fighting.

“That’s a dream I have. I grew up watching boxers fighting there, so fighting at this arena is historical for me. I want to be on this (card),” Aldo added.

But here is the big question: Who is going to be Aldo’s opponent? Who is the best candidate?

Well, Aldo says he wants to fight “no matter who the opponent is.” The important thing is to get a taste of the action again, “the sooner, the better.”

It may be recalled that Aldo last fought in June. His opponent Max Holloway dethroned him as the featherweight champion by TKO in the third round. Holloway repeatedly punched Aldo until the referee has seen enough.

Some say that Aldo’s star has lost its shine.

Aldo is considered the greatest featherweight of all time. For years, he ruled the UFC and WEC Octagon, but his recent performances were not so impressive.

In 2015, Aldo lost a fight against Conor McGregor with a 13-second fight that ended because of an unexpected left punch that caused Aldo to fall to the ground.

Right now, Aldo is ranked the 12th pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. In 2015, he was considered number 1.

Some of the opponents suggested for Aldo are Cub Swanson and Michael Johnson.

What are the odds that Aldo will win the fight against either of the two?

Aldo fought with Swanson in 2009 in a WEC fight. Aldo ended the match in just eight seconds with a double flying knee that caught Swanson off guard. It was the fastest fight of Aldo’s career.

However, Swanson already said that he is not available to fight anytime soon because his wife is expecting a baby.

On the other hand, Johnson said that he is willing to go down to featherweight to get a chance to fight with Aldo. Johnson’s manager Andre Pederneiras has reached out to UFC management for an arrangement.

Got betting picks or betting advice? Do you think that Aldo is ready to get back to the Octagon? Will he still be able to fight the way he used to?

UFC 2017 is headlined by Michael Bisping vs. George St. Pierre for the featherweight title. For the co-main event, Cody Garbrandt will battle it out with T.J. Dillashaw for the bantamweight belt. It’s happening on November 4 at the Madison Square Garden.

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