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Jose Aldo reminds of “real life TUF”

Jose Aldo reminds of “real life TUF”

December 16, 2011

The dream of conquering a UFC title has already come true to Jose Aldo. And, between his wishes and plans is the one of becoming a coach of “The Ultimate Fighter”. But, on the real life, the Brazilian fighter, who is far from the highlights, lived an experience of being locked with athletes coming from different places, living in a studio at Nova Uniao head-quarters, something with a lot less luxury than UFC’s house. On an interview with TATAME, on this Tuesday, after the press conference for UFC 142, which the main star is Aldo himself, with Chad Mendes as his challenger, the Brazilian reminded the hard times.

“That’s one wasn’t live, but that was my daily routine: 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”. After experiencing the “B side of the show”, Jose Aldo hopes that, in the future, he’ll have a chance to follow Wanderlei Silva’s and Vitor Belfort’s steps, since they were the ones picked to lead the teams of TUF Brazil. “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”.

Among other subjects like Flamengo, Chad Mendes and UFC Rio, Junior, how people called him by at the gym, highlighted the level of his training and reveals he’s waiting for Gray Maynard to come and help him to get prepared for the bout on January 14th. “Thank God I got a wonderful team, I guess it’s the best team in the world on light weights, so there’s no reason for me to go abroad to train. We try to bring some guys and coaches to adjust our trainings. We’re now bringing Gray Maynard, he’ll come on the 19th. I hope he comes and help us on this final phase of the trainings”.

Now you’re fighting Chad Mendes. How are the expectations?

It’s amazing. We’re trying to remain calm, I’m a lot concentrated and focused in my trainings so that everything go well when the day comes and that we can bring this win to Brazilians.

It’s not a new thing for you to fight in Rio, but you haven’t done it for a long time and now you’re coming as the champion. Does it motivate you or does it put you under pressure?

It motivates me a lot. I try to let the fans outside the cage and focus on the inside. I’m a lot happy about this fight and I hope everything goes just fine on the fighting day, that the fans cheer for me and fight with me, making every step I take together.

You could see the first UFC Rio. How does it feel to be on the show?

It’ll be touching, and I’m a sensible guy, a guy who’s very motivated and when I have the back-up of the fans, I’ll try to absorb well and try to honor them, so I’ll be a lot excited, touched, but absolutely focused on the fight, thinking about the game plan and in the trainings.

Chad talked about Vasco and you’re a Flamengo fan. Do you think it makes it spicy?

Absolutely. It brings an extra spice, due to the fact he roots for Vasco and I’m for Flamengo. Of course I won’t be Flamengo VS. Vasco, but Brazil VS. United States, so that’s the real rivalry. I wanna have the support of all Brazilians, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Flamengo fan, Vasco fan… From all team.

Do you believe Chad is the tougher guy you’ll fight on this division? Or do you believe the strongest were guys like Faber, Hominick, who fought for five rounds?

I always say that my greatest challenge is my next one. Now the challenge is Chad Mendes, we’re training for that and I hope to get a good outcome from it. The next will always be the toughest, and that it’ll be the biggest.

Will you train in Rio as you always do?

I’ll stay in Rio. Thank God I got a wonderful team, I guess it’s the best team in the world on light weights, so there’s no reason for me to go abroad to train. We try to bring some guys and coaches to adjust our trainings. We’re now bringing Gray Maynard, he’ll come on the 19th. I hope he comes and help us on this final phase of the trainings.

What are your thoughts about TUF Brazil? Do you dream about being a coach someday?

Of course. 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.

You lived almost in a TUF’s house, when you lived in Nova Uniao with many other fighters…

That’s right (laughs). That’s one wasn’t live, but that was my daily routine: 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.

Source: Tatame