Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is set to compete against Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 30 this Saturday. With that in mind, it would appear that “Scarface” is not interested in resigning with the UFC after he finishes out his current contract.
Speaking to MMA Fighting in an online media scrum, Jose Aldo revealed his thoughts on the possibility of signing a new contract with the promotion.
“No, I don’t think so. It doesn’t cross my mind to sign a new contract after.”
“I think it’s easier because you know it’s coming near the end, so you have to give your all because you don’t want to go out on a loss, you want to go out on top. It’s a lot easier seeing the end of the tunnel and working harder because you know it’s coming to the end.
“When you’re starting there’s that euphoria, but I remain the same. I dream of being champion and dream going out as champion. That’s my biggest motivation. … I take much pride in winning, I don’t accept losses, so I’m always going after that. The day I lose this fire, I think it’s time for us to stop.”
“That’s why I think it’s the right moment to stop. The first goal is to recapture the belt and then think about it. Not only me, but every athlete fears that. Health comes first, and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
“We’re training each time more because I want to conquer that, but I think that if we don’t get it, I think I do. I think I leave a good legacy for new athletes who are coming up. There are new people at featherweight, bantamweight, lightweight, any other weight class that is inspired by the legacy I’m leaving.”