Garbrandt first broke the news Wednesday on The Schmozone podcast, where he told The Schmo that he wants Aldo for five rounds.
“I want Jose Aldo in a five round fight,” Garbrandt said. “I feel like my conditioning is far more superior, that my speed and power can translate from the first to the fifth round. That’s the fight that I’m campaigning for, and I’m on The Schmo show to hopefully get everyone on board.”
“I think that the best outcome for me is fighting Jose Aldo, because it’s a risk,” Garbrandt said. “The rewards great. I stay at the top of the bantamweight division. I go down (to flyweight), fight for the title maybe August, September,” adding, “Aldo in April.”
Garbrandt (12-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is coming off a second round knockout victory over Raphael Assuncao that took place at UFC 250: Nunes vs. Spencer, last March. Prior to that, he was on a three fight losing streak that spanned nearly three years, which came on the heels of the loss of his title to bitter rival and former teammate, TJ Dillashaw. After getting healthy and reassessing his career, Garbrandt seems to be back on the correct path and he’s looking to have UFC gold wrapped around his waist once again in the near future.
Aldo (29-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC) recently picked up a decision victory over future bantamweight contender, Marlon Moraes which took place a little less than a month ago at UFC Fight Night: Neal vs. Thompson. Prior to that, Aldo was also on a three fight losing skid. Although going 1-2 since dropping down to bantamweight in 2019, he has put on great performances and has shown that he has enough left in the tank to put on good fights for the next couple of years.
At this time there have been no talks with the UFC or either fighter regarding this fight. However if this fight picks up traction in the media, we may have a new bantamweight fight on our hands real soon. Being that both fighters are coming off wins following their three fight losing streaks and both are ranked near the top of the division, this fight could easily make sense for all parties involved.