Jose Aldo Campaigns for Sterling Title Fight, Calls Cejudo “Clown Who Faked His Retirement”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 03: Jose Aldo of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 03, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Former UFC featherweight champion and current bantamweight contender Jose Aldo has stated his case for a shot at Aljamain Sterling.

Taking to social media on Thursday evening, Aldo (31-7) posted a lengthy statement addressing the UFC’s 135lb champ Sterling — and suggesting that former two-division kingpin Henry Cejudo was undeserving of the opportunity to fight for gold.

He also urged Sterling to sign off on a bout agreement to face him.

“I am waiting for you to sign the contract for our fight. There is no doubt that the fans want to watch this fight. We are currently the 2 best bantamweights in the UFC,” Aldo posted on his verified Twitter account, after addressing Stirling by name. “So let’s fight for the title while they sell popcorn in the arena. Whoever sells more popcorn fights with whoever wins our fight.”

“Deal? Let’s do this, Champ!”

The Brazilian then turned his attention to Cejudo, and had some choice words for the Olympic gold medallist and two-division UFC champ, who recently announced that he was re-joining the USADA testing pool. Cejudo retired in May 2020 after defending his own bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz.

“The other one [Cejudo] is a clown who faked his retirement just to try to raise his purse – as that did not work now he wants to fight for the title after spending 2 years out of the game (and out of the USADA’s pool),” Aldo stated. “Let the rest of the boys fighting (sic) each other and exchanging (sic) insults on the internet. In my opinion it does not make any sense to let a guy who got suspended for 2 years for cheating to come back and fight for the belt after winning a split decision in a fight I think he lost.”

Aldo last competed in December, winning a unanimous decision against Rob Font. He’s won three in a row, going the distance on all three occasions. Sterling (21-3), meanwhile, recently unified the bantamweight title with a split decision win over interim champ Petr Yan.