Two-time K-1 Max champion Andy Souwer is José Aldo's training partner, so naturally he knows him well. And according to Souwer, who has recently been training Aldo in Brazil, this could be his last fight before retirement. If he wins, that makes perfect sense. I'm not sure how that will work if he loses, but he'll cross that bridge when he gets to it.
When asked by MMA Mania if this would be Aldo's last time stepping into the Octagon, Souwer said, "To be honest, yeah I think. Yeah, I think so."
Souwer also added:
"So I think he's done with it. And ready. I will agree. Whatever he is thinking, it's his decision. But I think it will be good for him."
Souwer even hinted at the fact that Aldo just isn't the same as he has been in previous training situations.
"The training was hard but fun, I never saw him like this before. Because I always saw him a little bit, almost stubborn, but this time I don’t know what happened he has a big smile. Almost every fight, every preparation that I help him, he is always in the first two rounds, he is okay, he’s good, then slows down, we also could see that in his fights, but for now six rounds, six minutes, he’s fucking the guys up."
Think about it, though. This would be the most glorious way to go out. To defeat a guy like McGregor, potentially by knockout, and on the biggest stage in featherweight MMA would be huge.
"Jose Aldo is the pound-for-pound fighter in this weight class and he will succeed this time also. It will be a fairytale story of course, but I’ll go for it."
We shall see.