‘Khabib is not doing much these days… just talking for attention’: Jose Aldo fires back after retired star dismissed him as ‘past his peak’ and claims Russian dodged a fight against him in 2016
- Khabib Nurmagomedov downplayed Jose Aldo’s resurgence at bantamweight
- Brazilian has now responded and thinks Russian has too much time on his hands
- He said: ‘He’s not doing much these days, he’s retired, looking for attention’
Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘talks too much’ and is ‘looking for attention’ now he has retired, says Jose Aldo.
The Brazilian has been enjoying a resurgence at bantamweight but Khabib made some scathing remarks recently.
He said: ‘A guy wins one fight and everyone starts talking. Let him fight Petr [Yan] the same way, then we can say he’s peaking again. You saw what he did [against Yan], he closed up and waited for the ref to stop the fight.
Jose Aldo (right) recently defeated Pedro Munhoz but Khabib said he is past his peak
The retired Russian ‘talks for attention’ now he has retired, claims the Brazilian
‘That shows that you’re not at your peak. If you’re getting hit and you’re conscious and you’re not defending yourself, I call those fighters businessmen. They come out to make money.’
Aldo hit back on MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca, saying: ‘Sometimes Khabib talks too much. He’s not doing much these days, he’s retired, so he’s looking for [attention] that way.
‘He’s saying you can’t peak again, but we just saw an example with Glover [Teixeira], who got there, lost, and got there again at age 42 and won [the UFC title], completely dominated the champion, took him down and submitted him.
And Aldo also went on to reveal that five years ago, Khabib turned down a fight with him on the advice of his late father.
Aldo has enjoyed success at bantamweight having dropped down from featherweight, pictured here being knocked out by Conor McGregor in 145-pound contest in 2015
The 35-year-old, who has won his last two fights since losing to Yan, added: ‘I respect everybody, but that opportunity… I was the featherweight champion, and [Nurmagomedov] didn’t think it was a good [idea].
‘I don’t know if he was expecting to fight somebody else, I don’t know what he was thinking at the time. I think it could have been a great fight.’
At the time, Aldo had said he’d been offered ‘a guy we never thought would turn it down,’ who ‘turned the fight down, because his father didn’t think it was good.’
Khabib always followed his father’s wishes to the letter and decided to retire after taking one fight following Abdulmanap’s death following complications from Covid last year.
Aldo, two years Khabib’s senior, is still battling away at the highest level and victories over Marlon Vera and Pedro Munhoz show he still has plenty to offer.
Khabib now helps train Islam Makhachev along with pursuing his business interests