If Jose Aldo is going to move to lightweight, it’s only going to happen if he’s granted an immediate title shot and paid more money. Or at least that’s what his trainer, Andre Pederneiras, told Brazilian website R7.com recently. Translation via Sherdog:
“No one knows how difficult it was to achieve the hegemony of Jose Aldo. We suffered a lot to achieve this status. It was not from night to day. There was years of preparation. Junior managed to win again big competitors in his class. But Junior will not just drop everything on a silver platter. Far from it. He is the featherweight champion and has the recognition of the direction of the UFC.
“He needs to have a really high offer to change category. Something worthwhile. Besides money, Junior only goes up if it´s directly for the belt. With Frank Edgar or who is the champion. This decision has been taken by us. He will not fight, unless it´s for the belt. If the UFC wants him in the category above, they have to compesate him. And put the lightweight belt on the line. It’s simple. Or he can continue happy among the feathers. With the belt and waiting for challengers. He earned it. So put an end to this story.”
As much as I’d like to see Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo, I really don’t see it happening at this point. Dana White may be open to letting Aldo fight at 155, but is he really willing to pay Aldo a lot more money to do it?
As Fightlinker pointed out, the UFC’s probably better off continuing to establish the featherweight division with a rising star like Aldo leading the charge than another random featherweight the public barely knows. At this point, they need him at 145 more than they need him at 155 where Frankie Edgar has plenty of contenders lined up waiting to get a crack at him. It may not seem like Aldo has any featherweight challengers at the moment, but we thought the same thing about GSP last year and now he has Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. Someone will emerge eventually. They always do.