Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo is throwing his hat into the “sweet science,” chasing a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion in both mixed martial arts (MMA) and boxing.
I’m sure his timing is purely coincidental.
Earlier this year, longtime rival and current UFC 155-pound kingpin Conor McGregor obtained his boxing license in California. Not long after that, lightweight stalwart Nate Diaz announced his plans to become a freelance pugilist.
Aldo is crashing the party, according to his conversation with TV Combate (via MMA Fighting):
"First of all, it’s not about money. I want to keep it clear. Thank God the UFC and MMA gave me a lot of stuff. Yes, I think about having a career in boxing, but I want to start from the bottom, start from zero. I want to get ranked and one day fight for a belt. I don’t want to fight just to fight, for money, to go after big fights and challenge a great champion. I respect every boxer, but I want to start from the bottom. I want a career in boxing. That was my biggest dream, to one day become champion in MMA and boxing. That is my biggest dream.”
Dreams can sometimes become nightmares.
Aldo, 30, coughed up his featherweight title in a stunning knockout loss to McGregor at UFC 194. After “Notorious” abandoned ship and went on to capture lightweight gold, “Junior” reclaimed the vacant crown with a UFC 200 win over Frankie Edgar.
The good news? He didn’t even have to throw his last fight.