Jose Aldo

Jose Aldo confirms discussions for an exhibition fight with Floyd Mayweather but puts utmost priority on his upcoming Jeremy Stephens bout.

Jose Aldo, the former UFC and WEC featherweight champion, has stated that he still wants to box Floyd Mayweather, the legendary boxing champion, later this year. However, this is not his main concern at the moment. Aldo has joined Andre Pederneiras and Ali Abdelaziz to be his manager for the boxing scene.

The Brazilian fighter is still discussing a potential showdown with Mayweather in Saudi Arabia, but for now, Aldo is focused on his upcoming fight against Jeremy Stephens at Saturday’s Gamebred Boxing 4 event in Milwaukee. He won’t allow himself to think past Stephens, stating that he is only training for this fight. However, it is clear that Aldo is open to other opportunities in the future, intending to give his best performance on Saturday to attract new offers.

The original plan for Aldo at Gamebred Boxing 4 was to fight Artem Lobov; however, it did not come to fruition. A fight with former boxing champion Acelino Freitas, one of Brazil’s most popular boxers, who has consistently called Aldo out over the past few years, is not something he is considering because it doesn’t make any sense to him.

Aldo boxed in Brazil as a part of the plan to adapt before soaring higher, but now that he is getting paid more than some fighters in the UFC and other promotions, going back to Brazil makes no sense. He is fighting for what is right, not for what could happen, and if boxing in Brazil offered a pay-per-view culture or sold-out arenas like in America, he would consider it. He believes that his next challenge is on Saturday and wants to put on a great performance to continue fighting great athletes in America.

Aldo made his boxing debut in February, defeating Argentine boxer Emmanuel Zambrano in Rio de Janeiro. He wasn’t paid well for this fight, but that wasn’t the plan either. He admits he felt pressure to deliver a great performance since the Stephens match was already officially announced for April. He was concerned about the debut not going the way he expected and frustrating the next step they had in mind, knowing that they already had the next match booked, and Stephens was way tougher than the debut opponent he faced.

He has previously fought Stephens in MMA and won via first-round knockout inside the octagon back in 2018. Aldo went on to win four of his next eight UFC appearances, battling Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title in the process


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