Jose Aldo eyes mouth-watering match-up with former UFC champion

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Following his dominate win over Marlon Vera (16-7), UFC bantamweight Jose Aldo (29-7) has called out former champion T.J Dillashaw as the Brazilian eyes his next mouth-watering 135lb match-up.

Aldo, 34, put on a fine performance against Vera during the UFC’s last event of 2020.

The hotly anticipated all South American match-up went the distance, but after three rounds of a barrage of body shots mixed with some classy ground control, the judges ruled unanimously in Aldo’s favour.

In light of Sunday morning’s final fight card of the year, Aldo identified the divison’s former champ, Dillashaw, as the man he wants to face-off against next.

Dillashaw (16-4), 34, has not been eligible to fight since testing positive for banned substance EPO after his crushing flyweight title defeat to Henry Cejudo (16-2) back in 2019.

However, with a legal return allowed from January 2021 onwards, fans can expect to see Dillashaw back in action in the near future with one potential opponent being Aldo.

Speaking to MMA Junkie after his recent win over Vera, Aldo has explained why he would love to face Dillashaw.

“I don’t have anything personally with T.J.[Dillashaw]” Aldo said at the post-fight press conference. “I just want to make a great fight for the fans. I think T.J. is a great former champion.

“I think this fight makes sense for everybody.”

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