Jose Aldo prefers watching women's MMA but thinks the men are 'at a higher level'
Jose Aldo has said that he thinks former UFC women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey should not return to the Octagon following her knockout defeat to new champion Holly Holm.
Speaking to the Independent, Aldo said that the women's division in the UFC is not to the same standard as the men's division.
"Ronda is a great champion, I respect her, but I think men’s (MMA) is at a higher level. (Male) athletes aren’t separated by one martial art only, like ‘I’m a judoka and I only catch arms’.
"There’s no such thing as this one who survives. Athletes have to be good standing and on the ground. You have to be good wherever the fight goes and that’s how I try to be".
However Aldo added that he "like(s) to watch women's MMA more than men because they always do their best and fight hard".
"I think the legacy Ronda leaves behind is that she changed women’s MMA".
"She put it where no one ever imagined, where even Dana White said it would never be, and it is now. That’s her legacy. She has done a lot for women’s sport."
Rousey(28) has vowed to return to the Octagon but has been handed a six-month medical suspension as a result of injuries sustained in the fight.
Aldo is the UFC Men's Featherweight champion and will meet the 'interim featherweight champion' Conor McGregor in December at UFC 194 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. They were originally scheduled to fight earlier this year at UFC 189 but Also sustained a rib injury during training and McGregor took on challenger Chad Mendez.