NASHVILLE, Tennessee – J.J. Aldrich says he has increased the freedom to express his opinion on career goals now that he is moving to the UFC women's flyweight division on ESPN + 6.
Aldrich (7-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has spent his UFC career so far in the Paglia division, which is governed by good friend, teammate and division champion Rose Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC). A fight between the two has never been an option, according to both athletes, but now the situation has changed.
With Aldrich jumping another 10 pounds, he hopes that Saturday's match with Maycee Barber (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) marks the start of a title race.
"It's nice because I feel like I could set a goal," Aldrich told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the UCFC on ESPN media day 6. "I can now safely say," I want to be the champion one day. & # 39; First, how could you say it when your teammate and your friend is the champion? I can say for sure now and I feel good. "
UFC on ESPN + 6 takes place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The whole card runs on ESPN +.
When Aldrich joined the UFC roster in December 2016, the female 125-pound weight class did not exist. It came into play at the end of 2017, and although he has struggled with two lightweights since then, Aldrich has finally made the move.
"We thought we would switch to 25 for a minute," Aldrich said. "We were at 15 because he was the one who had the UFC. The weight cut became a little harder each time. It came at the right time, I think. … I think 25 will go up will be my new home I fought in the 25 when I was an amateur and the UFC didn't have a division but now they do it, so I think it will be my new home.
Aldrich believes he has created a perfect introduction to his new weight class. The barber is also rising from the low weight for UFC on ESPN + 6, so Aldrich thinks he is on a relatively uniform pitch for night fighting.
He is also familiar with Barber, he said. Both shared the same training room in Colorado, and while it was not very recent, Aldrich said he knows what he is going through.
"We had sessions together," said Aldrich. "Colorado has many fighters but is quite small at the same time. We had great group sessions when we trained together. … I think everything could change. Everything is possible in a fight, but I am confident of going because of where I came from and only the training ground I put in ".
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