Marlon Vera has his heart set on retiring surefire UFC Hall of Famer Jose Aldo.
Vera is coming off the biggest win of his professional MMA career, a first-round TKO win over Sean O’Malley in the co-main event of UFC 252. Vera now looks towards the future and one opponent he would like to fight is former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. He wants to not only fight Aldo, but retire him.
“I’d retire him in a minute – bring it,” Vera told MMA Junkie Radio. “I like that fight. That fight would excite the (expletive) out of me, and I’d take it. I’d take it, and I believe I’d finish him, so that’s a beautiful fight to make.”
Aldo last competed at UFC 251, suffering a fifth-round TKO loss to UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan.
Vera would also like the spotlight to be on him and Aldo if they fight, which means he wants a five-round battle or a co-main event spot.
“I would love to fight five rounds,” Vera said. “I know I have the gas tank. I know I have the power to keep it up. And then on top of that, if they put me in another co-main event spot or in a big pay-per-view card, I’d take it.”
Former featherweight champion Aldo, who is winless at bantamweight, is ranked sixth in the division; meanwhile, Vera currently sits at no. 14.