Jose Aldo says he will fight for UFC interim lightweight title soon

It looks like Jose Aldo could soon be on a quest of his own to become a two-division UFC champion.

In a tell-all interview with Ariel Helwani of, Aldo revealed that an expected featherweight title unification bout with Max Holloway at UFC 208 is no longer on the table. However, Aldo then hinted he could be moving to 155-pounds for an interim title fight in the lightweight division as he seeks a rematch with Conor McGregor.

“I believe they will soon announce an interim lightweight title fight with me. They’ve been trying to find me an opponent, and — surprise, surprise — at least one has already turned down the fight against me. I’m waiting to see who they will find,” Aldo said.

“They’ve asked me not to say anything. I won’t say who it is because it’s a surprise. A guy we never thought would turn it down turned it down, because his father didn’t think it was good. I’m tired of people turning down fights. I want to put some pressure so they’ll take the fight.”

There were previous reports that an interim title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson could be in the works for early 2017, but it appears as though Aldo is inserting himself in that discussion.

Aldo added that he expects to fight in early March.

UFC 209 is scheduled for March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, so that could very well be the targeted date. All the while, it looks like the 145-pound division will be left in limbo once again.

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