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Jose Aldo on Dominick Cruz: “He’s More Dedicated To The Broadcasts Than His Own Fighting Career.”

Former UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo appears to be uninterested in a future pairing with former two-time undisputed bantamweight gold holder, Dominick Cruz — despite notable fanfare for a pairing of the former WEC standouts.

Scoring his second consecutive victory at UFC 264 in August in a co-headlining pairing with compatriot, Pedro Munhoz — Manaus favorite, Aldo turned back the clock with a vintage striking performance en route to a unanimous decision triumph.

For veteran, Cruz, the former UFC and WEC bantamweight kingpin returned to the Octagon back in March at UFC 259 — besting Casey Kenney with an impressive unanimous decision win, snapping a two-fight losing skid.

Off the back of his victory over American Top Team trainee, Munhoz, Aldo called for a potential bantamweight title-eliminator between himself and another former two-time bantamweight best, T.J. Dillashaw. However, fans and media alike called for a pairing with Cruz next for the Brazilian — with the two continuously linked with an Octagon clash since the promotion’s merging with WEC.

Whilst the community has clamored for the outing of the former champions, Aldo has distanced himself from the matchup with Cruz, and plans a return to the Octagon by December or January.

I heard some reporters talking about this fight (with Dominick Cruz), but I think we’re both going in different directions,” Aldo told MMA Fighting. “He’s more dedicated to (the UFC) broadcasts than his own fighting career. I don’t think about fighting Dominick today. I respect him, I also like him for the fact he’s one of the greatest bantamweight champions, but right now I’m heading towards the title. There’s no reason why I’ll stop and do a fight that will take me nowhere. It’s more likely for me to fight Rob Font than Dominick Cruz.

Prior to his victory over Munhoz, Aldo co-headlined UFC Vegas 17 at the UFC Apex facility in December, besting the streaking bantamweight, Marlon Vera with a standout, unanimous judging triumph.

Eyeing a pairing with the aforenoted, Dillashaw next, Aldo challenged for vacant bantamweight gold on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE in July of last year — dropping a fifth round ground strikes knockout loss to Petr Yan in his second bantamweight outing.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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