UFC News: Former Bellator champ believes Jose Aldo will shine at Bantamweight
As former featherweight king, Jose Aldo gears up to face Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 in his return to the Octagon as a bantamweight, his training partner and former Bellator bantamweight champion, Eduardo Dantas feels that Aldo will be better than ever at the new weight class.
In a recent interaction with MMA Fighting, Dantas opened up on his training sessions with Aldo and how he thinks the Brazilian will fare at UFC 245.
“Many people associate weight loss with loss of performance, but they have to look at the whole picture. Aldo always weighs around 158 pounds when he’s not training, and then goes up to 166 when in camp (for a featherweight bout), so I think it’s going to be an easy cut to bantamweight.”
Dantas says that Aldo has been training very hard and will show up at the weigh-ins in spectacular shape and the Brazilian will be fully prepared to beat Moraes when he enters the Octagon.
“He’s training hard every morning. He’s very focused. He was one of the fighters in a sparring session on Tuesday, helping guys that are about to fight, and he sparred with a 135-pounder and a 177-pounder. He’s faster now but with the same punching power, so he’s way more dangerous. He’s kicking hard and landing heavy punches. He’ll surprise everyone with his speed and punching power at bantamweight."
Dantas bets on Aldo to get his hand raised due to his far superior experience compared to fellow Brazilian Moraes.
“It’s gonna be a great fight and I bet all my chips on Aldo. I train with him every day since forever and have trained with Marlon, too. Marlon is a tough fighter, very explosive with his right hand and left kicks, so you have to be careful. It’s a clash of similar styles, but I think Aldo’s championship experience will make the difference. I expect fireworks from this fight.”Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:10 IST