For sometime now, there’s been speculation and debate as to whether UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will move to up to lightweight at some point, and it’s an idea Dana White has endorsed in the past. Considering Aldo has now gone 13-0 under the WEC and UFC banner, and has defeated many of the world’s best 145’ers along the way, talk of the move isn’t going away.
So, now that Aldo defended his belt once again, by stopping Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 Saturday, is the 26 year-old thinking of moving up a division? When asked who he might fight next and whether it could be at 155 on FUEL TV, Aldo said this:
“I don’t know. That’s up to Joe Silva, but I would move up to 155.”
While there’s no doubt that it would be fascinating to see how Aldo performs at 155, considering he’s one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighters, there certainly are some interesting challenges yet at 145. Ricardo Lamas has been knocking on the title shot door for some time now, and Cub Swanson has also emerged as a contender.
Although Aldo has already knocked out Chad Mendes, if the powerful wrestler can defeat Clay Guida on August 31st, he will have won four straight bouts. Mendes has KO’d three opponents in a row since the loss.
Stay tuned to MMA Convert for more on this story and all your UFC news.