Patricio Pitbull always believed that he would beat Jose Aldo if the UFC and Bellator reached an agreement to face their featherweight champions.
Patricio Pitbull always believed that he would beat Jose Aldo if the UFC and Bellator reached an agreement to face their featherweight champions. Now, with Aldo retired and out of a UFC contract, Pitbull feels the door for a “superfight” is more open than ever.
Pitbull said on this week’s Trocação Franca podcast that he believes Aldo’s retirement was a decision made by others, and that “King of Rio” will eventually return to some form of competition.
“You feel there was a spark in his decision [de retirarse], that it was time to stop, that he had already done a lot for the sport. He’s doing well financially, but I think that, for his age, his fire hasn’t gone out yet. She will sit down, enjoy her son who has just been born, his daughter, her marriage, and the time will come when he will have that desire to fight again, and maybe he will go to boxing. There were some conversations going on between him and ‘Popo’ [el ex campeón de la OMB y la AMB Acelino Freitas]. He can also make a super fight [de MMA] Now that you don’t have a contract [con el UFC]. The world has opened up to him once again.”
Jose Aldo exited UFC 189
Aldo hung up the gloves following a loss to Merab Dvalishvili, which ended his impressive bantamweight winning streak, while Pitbull recently regained his Bellator featherweight title against AJ McKee and is set to put it on the line Saturday against Adam Borics at Bellator 286. in Long Beach, Calif.
Pitbull congratulated his fellow Brazilian for “a beautiful career” in MMA and lamented the fact that they were never able to fight when they were both in their prime.
“It would have been nice to fight in our best moments, right? It would have been decisive as to who really is the best featherweight. We have very similar numbers. Number of wins, title defenses, submissions, knockouts, length of title reign, etc. Although many people say: ‘Whoever is in the UFC is the best and whoever is in Bellator is the second best’, it is impossible to say that unless you put them to fight.
“It didn’t happen, time passed, he no longer has the belt, he stopped fighting, but the future is long and the opportunities are endless. We are not that old. If it’s a fight between two old men, fine, we’d be the same. Or in MMA, a super fight, all without a contract. Who knows?«