Former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo hasn’t competed since losing the title to Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 212.
When the former champion does make his Octagon return, the Brazilian would like it to happen at UFC 217.
“It's a dream to fight (in New York), especially at Madison Square Garden,” Aldo said at a media event. “That's a dream I have. I grew up watching boxers fighting there, so fighting at this arena is historical for me. I want to be on this (card).”
The UFC 217 event will mark the promotion's return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since UFC 205.
With a location picked out for his next fight, the former UFC Featherweight Champion now needs an opponent and he doesn’t care who it is.
“Man, I want to fight, no matter who the opponent is,” Aldo said. “The sooner, the better. I wanted to fight twice more (this year) but it won’t happen, so at least one before the end the of the year and again in January. That’s what I want."
UFC 217 takes place on Saturday, November 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.