Jose Aldo will likely be in the Octagon for the last time on Jan. 21 for UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, his longtime manager and coach Andre Pederneras told Combate.
Pederneiras has confirmed that the former two-time UFC featherweight champion has only one fight left on his contract to advance and believes the upcoming fight in Rio de Janeiro is a loss to Merab Dvalishvili Great opportunity to “end” your career after deciding August.
Pederneiras admits, however, that he had suggested Aldo “retired a long time ago”, more specifically his interim title win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 , the company won’t book a rematch with Conor McGregor.
“He hasn’t needed it since that game, let alone now,” Pederneras said. “I’ll tell him to stop. I think Aldo has conquered a lot and it won’t be the last fight (against Dvalishvili) that will take away his legacy in the sport.”
Pederneras said he would discuss his future plans with Aldo and meet with the UFC on Sept. 24 in Las Vegas to learn about the company’s plans for the Brazilian. The Nova União leader said he likes the idea of facing Dominic Cruz next, but doesn’t think the UFC and WEC legend will agree to fight in Brazil.
While he thinks Aldo should retire now, Pederneiras agrees that leaving without a deal will leave him “locked” into the contract if he chooses to join other in the future Sports such as professional boxing and Muay Thai, he will not be able to return to other sports.
“I’ve seen a lot of people who retire and want to fight years later,” Pederneras said. “Most of them were like that. Thales [Leites] left the UFC for one last fight with Hector Lombard, [and said] ‘bro, I don’t want this shit anymore’. Two or three years It’s over, now he’s calling me to make him fight. I’ve seen it in my life. It’s going to happen to him.”