One of Jose Aldo’s training partners said this week that he felt the UFC Featherweight Champ might retire after his UFC 194 bout with Conor McGregor, but the Champ himself says that’s not the case.
In an interview with the Brazilian version of UFC.com, Aldo said there’s more to be done after the McGregor fight.
“This won’t be my last fight,” Aldo said (translated by Guilherme Cruz at MMAFighting.com). “I think I still have other opponents to face.”
The fight itself is one of the most anticipated in quite some time, and the champ thinks it’s all going to go his way in Las Vegas.
“If the fight stays standing, I will knock him out,” Aldo said. “If he goes to the ground, I’ll submit him. This night will be perfect, and I will win.”
Penick’s Analysis: I think Aldo’s got plenty left in him, with the caveat that it’s if he feels that way. There are lots of interesting fights to be made for Aldo, from a rematch with Frankie Edgar, even a third fight with Chad Mendes, a move to lightweight if he feels like making the move. A dominantly impressive win on Saturday leaves anything open as a possibility, and if he should lose, the rematch will be huge as well.