Jose Aldo's UFC 136 performance shows he's not Top 5 P4P just yetPosted on October 9, 2011, 01:19 PM by Anton Gurevich
Jose Aldo defended his UFC Featherweight title for second consecutive time with a Unanimous Decision victory over Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian in the co-main event of the stacked UFC 136 fight card. But in a night highlighted by Chael Sonnen’s triumphant return to the Octagon and Frankie Edgar’s inspiring comeback, Jose Aldo’s performance inside the left a lot to be desired.
Aldo’s poor gas tank during “championship rounds” almost cost him a title against Mark Hominick at UFC 129, and probably would have cost him a title if not Kenny Florian’s refusal to go for broke last night in Houston, Texas. Challenger’s corner were screaming and shouting “he’s tired!” as the fight went to distance, but unfortunately for “Ken-Flo”, he was unable to capitalize on Jose Aldo’s lack of conditioning.
The truth of the matter is that Jose Aldo needs to cut a decent amount of weigh to get down to Lightweight, not speaking about Featherweight. Those weight cuts have a negative effect on the Brazilian’s performance inside the Octagon and raise some questions about his legitimacy as Top 5 Pound for Pound MMA fighter on the planet.
More than that, fighters like Dominick Cruz, Jon Jones, Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva and Frankie Edgar all displayed “superhero” abilities in their most recent fights, retaining their titles in a very much convincing fashion. Aldo’s performances against Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian don’t fall under the same category, making him “out of order” when it comes to Top 5 lists.
Yahoo! CageWriter’s Steve Cofield seems to share the same idea:
Featherweight champ Jose Aldo was an unstoppable force on his way up through the WEC. Now that Aldo has arrived in the UFC, and he isn't running through opponents anymore, you have to ask - did many in the media and some fans push Aldo into MMA's top five pound-for-pound rankings too quickly? It looks like it.
With the addition of new fighters from around the world and some former lightweights dropping down to featherweight, Aldo (20-1-1, 2-0 UFC) has a lot to get done before he should be legitimately mentioned amongst the elite of the elite.
Don’t get me wrong, Jose Aldo is a fantastic fighter, but he’s clearly not the third-best behind Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. There’s no doubt about Aldo having the potential to become one of the greatest fighters ever, but personally, I feel like the expectations from the 25 year old Brazilian are currently way too high. Let's see how he does against Chad Mendes.
Further Reading: UFC 136 Recap and Notes