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Friday, 8 February 2019

Aldo sets sights on impressive Australian star


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Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo has no shortage of opponents lining up to face him after his successful outing at UFC Fortaleza, but an Aussie star looks to be the front runner.

Alex Volkanovski called out the Brazilian on his personal Twitter account earlier in the week, suggesting that he was available if the veteran wanted a "quick turnaround".

However, the Australian was seemingly snubbed by Aldo, when he mentioned in his post-fight interview that he was not familiar with the Volkanovski's name, before later apologising.

Despite his name being forgotten by Aldo, the Australian was given a vote of confidence by the Brazilian's long-time coach and manager Andre Pederneiras in an interview with Confraria da Porrada.

Alex Volkanovski

"We wanted him to fight Alexander Volkanovski, the guy that knocked out Chad Mendes and who is the highest-ranked (fighter),” he said.

“Here’s the truth: we have the dream of fighting for the belt in our last fight, which is tough.

"There are only two ways for this to happen: Max Holloway moves up a division and vacates the belt, or we eliminate all the contenders."

Aldo has stated that he is likely to retire at the end of 2019 and is now going to set his sights on UFC 237 which is set to get underway on May 11.

Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo has no shortage of opponents lining up to face him after his successful outing at UFC Fortaleza, but an Aussie star looks to be the front runner.

Alex Volkanovski called out the Brazilian on his personal Twitter account earlier in the week, suggesting that he was available if the veteran wanted a "quick turnaround".

However, the Australian was seemingly snubbed by Aldo, when he mentioned in his post-fight interview that he was not familiar with the Volkanovski's name, before later apologising.

Despite his name being forgotten by Aldo, the Australian was given a vote of confidence by the Brazilian's long-time coach and manager Andre Pederneiras in an interview with Confraria da Porrada.

Alex Volkanovski

"We wanted him to fight Alexander Volkanovski, the guy that knocked out Chad Mendes and who is the highest-ranked (fighter),” he said.

“Here’s the truth: we have the dream of fighting for the belt in our last fight, which is tough.

"There are only two ways for this to happen: Max Holloway moves up a division and vacates the belt, or we eliminate all the contenders."

Aldo has stated that he is likely to retire at the end of 2019 and is now going to set his sights on UFC 237 which is set to get underway on May 11.

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