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Jose Aldo says ‘boxing is a possibility’ but rules out fighting MMA again: ‘I remain under contract’ with UFC

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Jose Aldo leaves the door open for a future return to competition as a boxer, but a return to mixed martial arts is not possible.

Aldo had one fight left in his UFC contract when he announced his retirement from MMA in September, but made a deal that allowed him to move into boxing. However, Aldo told in an interview Globe Sports that he is still associated with the UFC in a way that prohibits him from signing with other MMA promotions.

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“I’m trying to find the best path I’m going to take right now,” Aldo said. “I won’t fight in MMA, that’s for sure. I thank everyone who calls me from other promotions, but I did not leave the UFC, I remain with them under the contract. I’ll see where I fit in.”

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Aldo has been thinking about boxing for many years. Back in 2017, his longtime trainer and manager Andre Pederneiras told MMA Fighting that Aldo was ready to “take all of his fights in the UFC (left on contract) for three months and box.”

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“Boxing is an opportunity,” Aldo said of his next step as an athlete. “This has always been my dream in life, I have never hidden it from anyone. It has always been a dream. But let’s see. Everyone says that I’m still young, that I have a few years [left]. First, for now, with the birth of my son, I want to enjoy my family, and then I will think about the professional side.”

The former UFC and WEC featherweight champion, the 36-year-old left the sport after losing a decision to Merab Dvalishvili in the UFC, recording a three-fight winning streak over Rob Font, Marlon Vera and Pedro Munoz.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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