Coach Pederneiras says Aldo wants to fight out of UFC
Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo returned to Brazil on Friday after spending time in California, training at Robert Garcia’s gym. According to his Nova Uniao coach Andre Pederneiras, Aldo’s training wasn’t focused on his MMA career.
“He’s training boxing because he has this dream of competing in professional boxing,” Pederneiras said. “If it was up to him, he’d fight all of his UFC fights (left on the contract) in three months and go box. He wants to box professionally.”
“He doesn’t want to stay inactive for a long time,” Pederneiras said, “and there’s both sides: he definitely wants to finish the contract.”
It’s still unclear when Aldo will return to the Octagon.
“We’re waiting for the UFC,” Pederneiras said. “We’re trying to get this fight done, against Cub Swanson or someone else. He wants to fight (against) someone well ranked, and wait for an opportunity to fight for the belt.”