José Aldo leaves his future in the UFC open and reveals plans to fight at a Jake Paul and Mike Tyson event

José Aldo returns from brief retirement and fights the last fight of his contract against Jonathan Martinez at UFC 301

José Aldo in boxing training (Photo: Instagram/josealdojunioroficial)

The duel against Jonathan martinez in the co-main event of UFC 301, on May 4th, in Rio de Janeiro, marks the return of José Aldo of a brief retirement, announced after defeat to Merab Dvalishvili in August 2022, but it could very well mark the definitive end point in the Brazilian's MMA career. Or not.

In an interview with the North American website 'MMA Junkie', the featherweight legend (up to 65,7 kg) confirmed that the fight against Martinez will be the last of his current contract with the UFC and stated that any decision regarding his future in the organization will depend on its performance in the UFC 301.


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“That's basically what I told the UFC a few months ago. I want to do this fight and see how I'm doing, how I'm going to perform and then make a decision. I'm looking at maybe a big boxing fight at some point this year, but we'll get back to that with the UFC after the fight is over with Jonathan martinez”, said the former champion.

During the period in which he remained away from the Octagon, José Aldo He competed in three boxing matches, with two wins and one draw. The Brazilian flirted with a duel against the legend Floyd Mayweather, which ended up not materializing, but he stated that he had his eye on a place in the event captained by Jake Paul e Mike Tyson, on the 20th of July.


“The fight against Floyd Mayweather was practically certain. Ali Abdelaziz was negotiating and I don't know what happened, but we couldn't fight in Saudi Arabia. But there's a big event on Netflix this year with Jake Paul e Mike Tyson and who knows I might be there. We have to see. There are many options”, he concluded.

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