Aldo is unbeaten in his last two fightd at bantamweight and is targeting a fight with Dillashaw if he can get past No.4 ranked Font this weekend
Former UFC featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo is hoping a win against Rob Font this weekend at UFC Vegas 44 can set up a fight with TJ Dillashaw.
Aldo looks for his third straight win at 135-pounds against Font on December 4 after outpointing Pedro Munhoz and Marlon Vera in his last two fights.
Font is unbeaten in over three years and won a decision against former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in his last outing.
Aldo dropped down to 135-pounds in 2019 but lost fights against Marlon Moraes and current interim champion Petr Yan before his recent wins.
And the Brazilian is hopeful a win against the No.4 ranked bantamweight contender Font can secure him a fight with Dillashaw.
“It might happen. The fact Sterling is injured and we don’t know when he’s coming back, that [Dillashaw fight] could indeed happen in the future,” Aldo told MMA Fighting.
‘Dillashaw and I, I don’t know if right now or in the near future, we want this fight. It’s a great fight for both of us, the UFC and the fans, so we’d all agree.
‘I don’t know if it could be on the same card [of Sterling-Yan]. If it is, I’ll be ready. My history is rich, so is his, and we need to make this fight.”
Former two-time bantamweight champion Dillashaw returned to the sport in July after suffering a two-year ban from USADA having tested positive for EPO.
He won a close split decision against Cory Sandhagen in his return and finds himself ranked at No.2 in the division.
And Aldo revealed that he likely would have retired from MMA after his loss to Yan had he not started training with the Brazilian Navy.
“I was already thinking about retiring really, I had that in mind, but after the Petr [Yan] fight, the pandemic, those (Brazilian Navy) kids lit a fire inside me, brother,” he continued.
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“I have so much will to fight these days. I’ve been with the Navy for almost two years now, since the (start of the) pandemic.
“Man, I’m feeling like a boy again, learning every day, changing my fighting style. That renewed me to fight again, lit the fire I needed.”
When current champion Aljamain Sterling pulled out of his title defence against Yan at UFC 267, it was Sandhagen who ended up filling in.
And Aldo explained why he didn’t consider taking the fight against Yan.
“Everybody considered that when Sterling pulled out. I told ‘Dede’ right away that I didn’t see ourselves making that move at that time. It was on short notice, I wanted to go step-by-step,” he continued.
“Rob is one more step, and defeating him on Dec. 4, we’ll be a bit closer to the belt. I don’t know how it’s going to be given Sterling’s injury, that could be a problem.”