“Jose Aldo is a direct inspiration! “
Former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen praised Jose Aldo for his brilliant performance against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265. Aldo, 34, emerged victorious in his 30th professional MMA fight and his 18th out at UFC.
As a veteran of the sport, Sonnen couldn’t help but marvel at Aldo’s incredible longevity. In an episode of his YouTube show, Sonnen pointed out how impressive Aldo’s late-career resurgence has been. The former UFC middleweight title challenger said:
“Jose Aldo is a direct inspiration. He really is. Let me tell you my story about Jose Aldo because I first met him in 2012. He was like 24 years old. He was already in WEC. When I was, and the UFC – where I am now – champion. “
Seeing Aldo succeed so late in his career, Sonnen says, inspires cage veterans like him. The retired MMA commentator added:
“He’s done it before and he’s been undefeated for a while. It was in 2012. Nine years later he’s still in the top five, co-principal of pay-per-views, in an absolute pursuit of the laser focus of a championship. It’s an inspiration. “
Watch Chael Sonnen’s reaction to Jose Aldo’s performance at UFC 265:
Aldo, of course, is relatively young compared to some fighters on the UFC roster. Light heavyweight champion Jan Blachiwicz, for example, is four years older than Aldo and still at the peak of his powers.
However, Aldo competes at both featherweight and bantamweight, and fighters in the lighter divisions tend to age poorly. Plus, there’s a ton of mileage on the body of the Brazilian legend, given that he started fighting professionally in 2004.
What’s next for José Aldo?
After delivering a vintage performance at UFC 265, Jose Aldo is reportedly bracing for a showdown against fellow veteran TJ Dillashaw. In a post-fight interview with Megan Olivi, the former UFC and WEC featherweight king revealed he is eagerly awaiting a high-profile clash against his former champion.
“It would be great for me to fight with Dillashaw,” he said through an interpreter. “I hope by December. I think it would be a great fight and that’s what we expect. This is what I am waiting for at the moment.
Watch the interview with Jose Aldo below: