– Jose Aldo, so you’re back to training?
– We will be back to training 100 percent on Monday. We already did some things and didn’t feel anything, so I believe
we will train harder on Monday to find out if we’re ready or not. Are you bothered by the way things happened?
The things that were said about the tests? Yes, of course. We get a little upset for the things that were said,
but we showed the images, how it happened, x-rays and everything. We had everything covered. It happened in training
like it could have happened to any other athlete. Now we move on, it’s in the past. What people
said or not, it doesn’t matter to me. What really matters is that I’m fine, that I’m okay.
I will go back to the gym and train hard. Did you watch the Chad Mendes fight?
If so, what are your thoughts on it? I did not. I don’t watch fights when my teammates aren’t fighting.
I try to escape from it a little bit because I live fighting 24 hours a day. I don’t need to watch it because my team
works hard and does a great job. I don’t worry about watching the fight, I believe
my team and they bring good stuff for me. The UFC mentioned booking your fight for December
or January. Which date is better for you? They are talking about dates, but
the sooner the better for me. Like I said, there was a lot of buzz for this fight
and I want to put an end in this story. I’m confident that I will be able to come back to hard training
next week and will give them the green light to book the fight. December or January, it doesn’t matter to me.
The important (thing) is that I can fight sooner. People say Dallas Cowboys stadium, Ireland,
Las Vegas, Brazil. Where do you prefer to fight? They are talking about it. It doesn’t really matter to me.
Wherever they put this fight, I have to be ready to fight. Of course if it was up to me, I would be fighting here.
Nothing better than fighting with Brazilians supporting us. Did you feel any pain when you returned
to training? What can’t you do yet? I didn’t feel anything yet. Like I said,
I did some things and didn’t feel anything. But we will start training hard next week, to work
really, really hard. But I hope I won’t feel anything. I didn’t train for the time doctors asked me, so now I will
be able to train. God willing, I won’t have any problem. T.J. Dillashaw mentioned a super fight with you?
What are your thoughts on this? The super fight will happen now, between the champion and
the interim champion. What T.J. said, will happen now. Conor and I will fight and, if God wants,
I will continue to be the champion. About T.J., congrats to him, he defended his title one more
time against Barao, but he has no right to demand anything. This kid is just starting, and his division isn’t talked about yet, so he
has to try to make his name first before trying to hit someone. Many people said Barao should move up to featherweight. Do you think
this could be the final push for you to go to lightweight? Or to come down, right? We have to see what’s best for Barao. He suffers a lot
to make weight. He’s kind of strong for the division. I hope me moves up, yes. I will root for him no
matter what, no matter where he is, at 145 of 135. I hope he can fight well at featherweight,
that he moves up well. About me moving up, we were really close in the past.
Now I’ll just stay here. We’re fine at featherweight, so we’ll keep it. Do you think it was a hasty decision to
create an interim title for your division? I don’t think it was needed, but for the organization, they
promoted this a lot, so they needed it because of it. They had to create this to keep Conor in the main event. That’s why they came up with the interim title,
so I also understand their side. I couldn’t fight because of the injury, so they had to
continue and came up with the interim title. As a champion, I’ve always defended my title,
but it’s normal. It’s normal. – It doesn’t change anything, right?
– For sure, it doesn’t change anything for me. I think it only made it twice as big. Financially,
we were good, and we’re two times bigger. – Title unification is more expensive, right?
– Thanks God, especially now with them saying where
the fight could happen, at the Dallas Cowboys stadium. I hope that happens. It’s going to be a
big show, and my pocket thanks it. After everything that happened,
are you hungrier for this fight? I will always be hungry, no matter what people
say or not. I will always be hungry. I think my personal and professional goals are the things that
motivate me. What people say or don’t say, I try not to listen. I just try to be there, train every day, and my hunger and
appetite will always be the biggest possible. I’m the champion and I want to retire being the champion. Dana White said fighters should train using protection when they
are weeks away from the fight. Did you discuss this at Nova Uniao? That never happened at Nova Uniao.
Our protection is God. God always has something good for us, and
now the fight is going to be two times bigger. The fan expectation, him being the
champion, everything will be bigger. About the protection, we always trained like this. Not only me, but other athletes already pulled
out from fights with rib injuries, ankle injuries. That’s part of the job. It’s a contact sport. – Do you consider using protection in training?
– Not for me. I ask for God’s protection and I’m protected. The closer to reality, the better for me. Protection
is for weak. We have to be closer to reality. Many people said I was training with heavier guys,
but we always trained like this, and I will continue to. I’m the champion and I will continue to be the champion because of this
and because of those guys that are in the gym with me every day You spent a lot of time traveling to
promote this fight, seeing Conor every day. – F—ing hell.
– Exactly. Will you do it all over again? I will escape from it. I will escape. We just had a meeting
with Lorenzo and he wants us to go to Vegas… – So you will have to see Conor again.
– It’s going to be good, it will be good. We will have some surprises, some new things. It’s going
to be different. We already had that experience. We have to make this the biggest fight in the
history, like it would have been already. About the trip, I don’t know. I hide
really well. I will be at home, hiding. In the UFC 190 main event, a fighter said trash talk made
the fight something personal. Does it make it personal to you? When it happens, it makes you agitated, angry,
but when I’m inside the Octagon I’m calm. I try to think about the training, what ‘Dede’ is saying.
If I’m mad I snap, and I’ve learned this lesson in the past. I have to keep my focus and stay calm to go there and
do an excellent fight, defend my title and keep winning. – How many times a day you think about this fight?
– I don’t think about it today, I’m actually thinking about my Tuesday soccer. I’ve thought a lot about the fight already. When I was injured,
I woke up hungry, said I would be able to fight, but I always slept bummed because ‘Dede’ came and said he
wouldn’t let me fight if we didn’t have a good answer from the doctors. It was frustrating, but now I try to forget this.
We will think about it soon… and then I will sleep and wake up thinking about this fight,
but it will take some time, probably December. Meanwhile, I have to rest my body and
my mind, and slowly return to training. When we have three months before the fight, we will
rush things and then think about the fight every day. – Is it time to tell McGregor the party is over?
– Of course, Aldo is here. The party is over, Aldo is here. I want to be back strong, I want to keep this title here, continue
to be the champion. But now we relax, live the life a bit. I’ll travel with my wife and daughter on Thursday
to Orlando, go to Disneyland, to relax. I will live my family now, and when I return ‘Dede’ will
be waiting for me with a whip to get back in the gym. Did everything that happen damage
your relationship with the UFC? Never, never. Everything Dana said, they
translated it differently here, and vice-versa. We can’t say something because they will translate it
differently. Nothing is damaged for me. I like Dana and Lorenzo a lot, everyone in the UFC.
They have always treated me well. Everything I asked them, for me or my teammates, they always helped
me, so it won’t be a thing they say or not that would make me angry. And if he does say, he’s the president and he has to sell the fight.
I don’t take this right away from him, and I won’t get pissed for anything. Did you root for McGregor because of the
money you’re going to make with this fight? Of course. Chad wins and we have to fight for a
third time, a tough war, and my pocket kind of empty. We will get McGregor, which is an easy fight,
and also brings us some good money. Dana White said you would have made R$ 14 million (four million dollars)
at UFC 189. What would you do with all that money? The first thing would be come back to Brazil and do a
big barbeque, to celebrate my entire family. But if it were 14 million reais, I think I would
have fought even with a broken rib. I don’t know if it would be all that, but it’s a good money to
make and make my family’s life better, and my daughter’s. I fight for my daughter, and I hope I can make her future better.
The things I didn’t have when I was a kid, I want her to have double. Renan Barao is one of the best fighters in the world, but
was dominated twice by Dillashaw. Is this a bad matchup? For sure. There are things we
see and simply don’t work. This time Barao trained hard, we were confident
he would do a completely different fight. He tried to fight the way he was training in the gym,
but he couldn’t. T.J. was happy that night. He was able to impose his
game and got another win. Have you spoken with him since
that fight? How is he? I only spoke with him over the phone.
He’s a close friend, I like him a lot. I hope he comes back and we can talk
next week, but I know he has a good head and will bounce back, at my weight or at bantamweight,
and that he’s able to do an excellent job. Sonnen said on his podcast that you threatened to sue him over
the things he’s said about your injury, and sue the UFC. Is it true? We had nothing with the UFC, but with his statements. It wasn’t me, my
team felt offended by the things he said about the team, especially ‘Dede’. We were upset. He was always a talker. You can’t write the things he says.
They were upset, but I was cool about it. I didn’t care much about it.