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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