While Jose Aldo may be retired from MMA competition, the featherweight GOAT has made it clear that he plans to fight outside the cage in other combat sports. Boxing, grappling and muay thai were all listed as possibilities. And according to Aldo’s longtime coach Andre Pederneiras, “something really big” is on the horizon for ‘Scarface’.
Pederneiras recently spoke with Sherdog and made it clear that Aldo isn’t interested in bringing offers from other MMA promotions.
“Aldo had a fight on his contract with the biggest promotion in the world, where he built his whole story,” Pederneiras said. “No matter the financial proposal, it wouldn’t make sense to him. Especially since Aldo is already financially comfortable for the rest of his life. He never considered returning to another MMA promotion.
“I have no doubt that boxing and muay thai bring a lot more fun to Aldo in his daily routine,” he added. “MMA training is not only physically stressful but also mentally.”
A potential boxing opponent for Aldo is Acelino “Popó” Freitas, a four-time boxing world champion turned politician. Freitas fought on the recent Fight Music Show 2 card (which also featured Cris Cyborg’s boxing debut), knocking out fellow MMA legend Jose “Pelé” Landi-Jons. Immediately afterwards, he called Aldo.
“There’s something really big coming for Aldo,” Pederneiras teased. “Maybe one day a fight with Popó can be interesting, but it’s not then.”
It’s a softer refusal than Aldo himself. When asked what he thought of Freitas’ talk show legend, Aldo called the 47-year-old fat.
“Ugly boy, that pot-bellied old man only needs one round to knock you out,” Freitas replied. “I want to see how long he will run.”
Aldo retired from active UFC competition after a disappointing loss to Merab Dvalishvili that effectively ended his life as a title contender. With no viable path back to the belt, Aldo decided to walk away from the sport.
Early reports suggested he had reached a deal with the UFC to release him from his contract, which still had one fight left, so he could compete in other sports. However, Aldo recently clarified that he is still under contract with the UFC, but they allow him to pursue other non-MMA projects.
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