Marlon Moraes seeks after another bantamweight title shot against current champion Henry Cejudo, but he’s not overlooking the Brazilian “legend” Jose Aldo, who he faces on Saturday night at UFC 245 in Las Vegas.
“I don’t want to look ahead of Aldo, you know. That’s a tough opponent, a legend out there [in Brazil]. I take it seriously, it’s a big challenge for me,” Moraes said.
“I’m going in there to win and beat Aldo, after that we don’t know what’s going to happen. I really don’t care, I just want to get in there and win.”
After being the UFC’s first featherweight champion, Aldo dropped down to the bantamweight division. Amongst the UFC community, some fans and fighters see 135 pounds a hard weight cut for Aldo, although Moraes prepares for a revitalized Aldo.
“I’m going there to fight a legend, one of the best fighters ever. I want to take advantage of every detail. It’s the 135 division, it’s my division,” Moraes said. “This will be his first time at 135, I want to take advantage. Will he make the [weight] cut? I don’t know. I’m ready to fight the best Aldo.“
Aldo’s coming off a loss to Alexander Volkanovski after finishing Jeremy Stephens and Moraes’ American Top Team teammate Renato Moicano. Moraes respects the power Aldo brings as a featherweight into the bantamweight division.
“I think I match up well against him. He’s a very good striker and a very well-rounded fighter. “I’m going to step up in competition and show everyone that I’m one of the top contenders of this division,” Moraes said. “Everything about Aldo is dangerous. You got to be ready and I’m ready.”
“We want to take him to the very deep water. I want to get in there and prove to everyone that I am a mixed martial artist and prove to everyone that I’m the best out there.”
Moraes lost to Henry Cejudo back in June at UFC 238 via ground and pound in the third round. A win over Aldo strengthens his chance in landing a rematch with Cejudo down the road.