Former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is facing Ricardo Lamas in a rematch in the co-main event of UFC On Fox 26.
Retired fighter Kenny Florian has fought and lost to Aldo before, but he is now wondering if the former champion is still motivated to fight.
“That’s the big question for me because although he was winning the majority of that fight against Max Holloway, early on especially, as the fight went on it seemed like it was the Jose Aldo that kind of loses interest in the fight,” Florian said on The Anik & Florian Podcast. “It seemed like maybe he was a little bit bored or didn’t want to work as hard as he normally does during the fight. He didn’t have that same kind of pep in his step and Holloway just took it to him, kept pressuring him backwards and Holloway just broke him mentally and then took him out with skill. It was a beautiful thing to watch.”
Aldo defended his UFC Featherweight Title against Florian at UFC 136 and he kept his title via unanimous decision.
Florian believes that when Aldo steps into the Octagon at UFC On Fox 26, everybody will see if he still has something left in the tank.
“For Aldo, this is an interesting fight to see, are you still motivated to fight? Are you still out there to win and put out your best performance? Especially against a guy he already beat, we’re gonna find out pretty quickly what Jose Aldo is all about and if he truly wants to get back to the top of this division,” says Florian.
UFC On Fox 26 takes place on Saturday, December 16 from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox.