As well as taking umbrage with recent comments made by former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov regarding his bantamweight resurgence, former featherweight kingpin, Jose Aldo has claimed the Dagestan native is talking too much since his retirement from the sport — in a bid to remain relevant and earn himself attention.
Aldo, who is slated to headline UFC Vegas 44 next month, takes on his fellow surging bantamweight challenger, New England Cartel mainstay, Rob Font as he looks to extend his winning spree to three straight fights.
The Manaus favorite last featured in the co-headlining bout of UFC 265 in August — taking home a vintage unanimous decision victory against compatriot, Pedro Munhoz over the course of three rounds.
With the performance, which drew comparisons to Aldo’s reign as featherweight champion back in the early 2010s, many suggested the Brazilian was in the midst of a purple patch once more, as well as claiming he was set for a career resurgence given the outlook at 135lbs which surrounds him.
Even former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor — a past-foe of Aldo, wished the veteran well on his continued journey toward a second title challenge, and admitted that he would have wished to rematch him following their 13-second showdown back in December 2015.
However, the aforenoted, Khabib played down suggestions that Aldo was in the midst of a new career run of form. And it appears the Brazilian has taken umbrage with those comments, claiming the undefeated former lightweight champion simply talks too much since his retirement from the sport in October of last year.
“Sometimes Khabib [Nurmagomedov] talks too much,” Aldo told MMA Fighting. “He’s not doing much these days, he’s retired, so he’s looking for (attention) that way,“
Interestingly, Aldo also revealed that the UFC had approached him with an interim lightweight title fight against Khabib back in 2016 whilst the abovementioned, McGregor prepared for a professional boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. — which Aldo claimed Khabib rejected.
“I was traveling when ‘Dede’ [Andre Pederneiras] called me,” Aldo said. “The [UFC] had offered me this fight and we took it. I said, ‘What? I want that, I’m in.’ I respect everybody but that opportunity … I was the featherweight champion, and [Khabib Nurmagomedov] didn’t think it was a good [idea]. I don’t know if he was expecting to fight somebody else, I don’t know what he was thinking at the time. I think it could have been a great fight.“
“I wanted to test myself,” Aldo continued. “Everybody always asks me. … It’s funny, everybody thinks I train wrestling a lot. No, man, I usually do the same training with my team, so, to me, it would have been a really tough test. I’ve always fought against American wrestling and it was hard to take me down, so it would be a tough test against him, if he would be able to impose his takedown game against me knowing that I have pretty good takedown defense as well.“
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