Jose Aldo: I deserve the title shot

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo answered his critics who believe the Brazilian Hall of Famer doesn’t deserve a title shot for the bantamweight championship.

“Scarface” will be fighting for the belt this upcoming Saturday at UFC 251 against Russia’s Petr Yan. Aldo was supposed to fight the former champion Henry Cejudo in May, but the coronavirus lockdown didn’t allow the fight to take place and Aldo was replaced by Dominick Cruz.

Cejudo managed to get the W and then vacated the belt and now Aldo and Yan will square off for the vacant bantamweight title in “Fight Island”‘s first edition.

“I’m not worried about that, I won that fight”, said Aldo on his bantamweight debut which he lost to Marlon Moraes via split decision.

“Even the judges afterward said they agree with me. I beat Marlon, who’s the No. 1 contender, so it doesn’t bother me at all. I deserve to be here.”

“It was always a dream of mine to be a champ in two different divisions,” Aldo said. “At first, I thought I was going to have to go up to lightweight, but now I’m down to bantamweight. I really do think one day when I stop fighting I’m going to be able to look back and see everything that I did.”

“I’m feeling better than ever,” Aldo said about the cut he had to go through. “I adapted my body again and that changed my whole life for the better. And I’m talking not only about professional life but also my personal life. Today I’m a new Aldo who has a much better life. You can bet I’m much stronger and faster than anyone in that division in the UFC.”


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