Dominant featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s struggles while growing up in Brazil are well-documented. Dealing with abject poverty from a young age, Aldo was fueled more by an overwhelming desire to become a professional fighter more so than by actual food. Now, with his dream fulfilled and status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA, Aldo has turned his attention towards one day coaching a season of the Ultimate Fighter set in his home-country.
The 20-1 Aldo spoke some about it earlier this week at a press conference related to his upcoming bout at UFC 142, a show taking place in Rio de Janeiro, where he mentioned he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort who are poised to coach the inaugural run of TUF Brasil.
“I dream about it and I hope someday I can be a coach of TUF. I hope it’s here in Brazil, because it’d be wonderful, so that I can show you a new champion as good as me in Ultimate,” said Aldo in a post-presser interview with TATAME.
In fact, Aldo believes he actually has some insight into the process even though he’s never been part of the popular reality show before. Before hitting his stride in WEC/UFC Aldo lived with a group of his Nova Uniao teammates.
“I lived in the gym with people from other places in Brazil and I became a champion. That’s the result of a lot of work. My past was great, it helped me to become the champion I currently am.”
Aldo will face Chad Mendes on January 14 in the main event at UFC 142. He will enter the bout on a thirteen-fight winning streak including past victories over Urijah Faber, Mark Hominick, and Kenny Florian.
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