ROUNDTABLE: What’s next for Jose Aldo? (UPDATED)

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Jose Aldo (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today Sports)

What should be next for Jose Aldo?

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Aldo is in the worst spot possible for a great fighter. He’s already lost to the champ Max Holloway twice, who doesn’t seem to be likely to lose any time soon. He could try to move up to lightweight but that division is stacked with really tough fighters. Moving down to bantamweight would also move him into a division that seems full of title contenders. I think his best bet might just be to stay at featherweight and hope for Holloway to lose. Or to beat everyone else in the division and force a third fight with Holloway.

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

I think Aldo should see exactly what he has left and take some big fights, make some money and try to reclaim that title if Max Holloway moves up. Let Brian Ortega sink or swim against Aldo and see where they both are after that fight. Aldo can still rematch McGregor and retire with a big payday and perhaps some payback.

Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

Jose Aldo has looked as good as ever in his last two fights. It has become a bit of an MMA cliche these days, but seeing how good Aldo has looked against Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano has to make you wonder, “How good is Conor McGregor?” And it definitely demonstrates how good Max Holloway is.

For Aldo, the fight he should want is the McGregor rematch and the time may come for that fight to make sense, but he might need to be patient. To me, if both guys were close to being done with fighting, I would want that rematch to be a priority.


Right now, Aldo is a solid #2 at featherweight behind Holloway. You can use him as a gatekeeper for top contenders, but then we will have situations as we do now with Moicano where a guy poised for big things will have to rehab himself a bit before getting a crack at the title. I like the idea of Aldo against Brian Ortega since Ortega has already established himself as a top guy at featherweight. So until the McGregor fight materializes, that’s the fight to make.

Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor

I think is its to be a Conor McGregor, or Dustin Poirier type fight. I also think he has to move up. Sure he could fight a Brian Ortega or an Alexander Volkanovski, but what does it do for his career? It does nothing, because we all know he would have to keep winning against the best, and even then he wouldn’t get a Holloway fight, because Holloway already handled him twice. A move to lightweight not only draws him a top 3-5 opponent but with an impressive win, Aldo can get the title shot a lot faster than he can at featherweight right now. So I go with McGregor as the best fight draw wise, Poirier as the best fight for him, and Ortega as the most likely fight, but only time will tell.

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