UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was set to make his UFC debut this weekend at UFC 125: Resolution, but he was forced off of the card with a neck injury. He recently spoke with D24AM.com (Props to Fighters Only), where he revealed that his recovery is going well and that he hopes to make a return to action this summer and that he also has plans to move up in weight and challenge for the UFC lightweight title next year.
“I don’t like to stop and I am never satisfied,” he said. “I always think on the future. I want to fight three times in 2011 and keep my featherweight belt, then to move up to 155lbs division and battle to be the [lightweight] champion in 2012.”
Aldo also revealed that he, like most Brazilian UFC fighters, is looking at competing on the upcoming UFC: Rio fight card which will mark the UFC’s return to Brazil for the first time since 1998.
“It’ll depend at the moment for each one. For this reason I wish to be well in August. If everything goes alright I’ll perform at ‘UFC Rio.’ All the Brazilians gun for it.”
Aldo last appeared in action at WEC 51 this past September against Manvel Gamburyan, whom he defeated by second round knockout to successfully defend his belt for the second time.