Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo claims he is in his best shape ever for his upcoming UFC 237 fight.
Aldo will return to action this weekend as he is slated to fight Alexander Volkanovski in the main card of UFC 237.
The pay-per-view event will take place in Aldo’s home country, Brazil, which will serve as a big boost to his campaign.
The Brazilian sensation is looking to extend his winning streak to three in a bid to earn another shot at the featherweight title.
Since losing to Max Holloway in back-to-back title fights, Aldo cruised to two straight technical knockout wins to remain in the top five of the official rankings.
A win at UFC 237 could potentially set Aldo up to another match with Holloway, who is expected to return to 145-pounds after a failed attempt to seize the interim lightweight title.
Though he had the same training camp for the Volkanovski fight, Aldo believes his game has taken a step higher.
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‘It Will Work’
In a recent interview with the Brazilian media outlet, Combate, the former featherweight champion stressed that he has evolved over time.
Aldo said he could be quicker and more explosive this Saturday compared to his previous fights.
“My camp was basically the same. I always look to evolve. I might be quicker and more explosive than in the other fights.”
“It’s a three-round fight, so you can more intense because it’ll end sooner.”
Though Volkanovksi is known for his overhand right, Aldo is confident that his gameplan would prevail.
“He’s (Volkanovski) always coming at you, he looks for the fight, he throws his overhand right, that’s one of his strong suits, but it could also be a weakness.”
“We can work with that. I trained a lot, I believe my gameplan and I know it will work.” -(Quotes from Bloody Elbow)
Aside from aiming to win at UFC 237 this Saturday, Aldo also wants to reclaim the throne at the 145-pound class.
“First of all, I have to win on Saturday, I have to respect my opponent.”
“I have multiple scenarios in my head. If I’m in the UFC, I’ll always pursue the belt. That’s what it was like in the WEC, it’s not any different in the UFC.”
If this happens, Aldo might be saying goodbye to the sport as he plans to retire while he is on top of the world like his idol, Georges St-Pierre.
“I like to look at some champions as role models. I saw Georges St-Pierre quitting when he was in his prime.’
“It was always a dream of mine to become a champion and then stop. Everything can change.”
“First, we need to focus on the task at hand, win and then see if I’ll fight for the belt or do a super fight.’
Don't miss Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237.
Aldo is coming off a pair of wins over Renato Moicano and Jeremy Stephens. Volkanovski is on a massive 16-fight winning streak, last defeating Chad Mendes at UFC 232.
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“One thing is for sure, I don’t see myself fighting for many more years, like other fighters.”
“I’m preparing myself not to go down that path,” Aldo ended.
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