After picking up his seventh straight win earlier tonight, UFC on Fox 12’s Dennis Bermudez has got his eyes set on a crack at Jose Aldo’s featherweight crown.
The 27-year-old from Saugerties, New York picked up the biggest win of his 17-fight MMA career on the event’s main card after forcing former Strikeforce lightweight champion Clay Guida to tap out due to a rear-naked choke. The submission topped a perfect performance for Bermudez after battering “The Carpenter” in the first round.
He’s now 7-1 in the UFC’s featherweight division, with his only setback coming to Diego Brandao in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14, where he lost after getting submitted by an armbar. But that defeat came back in 2011, and “The Menace” has been unstoppable since then.
Bermudez now believes he’s done enough to fight for the title given his recent performances. But he’s also ready for anyone the UFC offers him:
“Realistically, I’d like a title shot. I’ve got a lot of wins. I’ve been finishing guys.” Bermudez said at the post-fight press conference when asked about who he wants next. “Whoever they give me, though.”
Good luck with that.
Despite being one of the hottest fighters right now at 145 pounds, Bermudez has quite a few people ahead him. The main one being Chad Mendes who was expected to face the champion in a rematch at UFC 176. But due to Aldo suffering a injury the fight was scrapped.
Then there’s Cub Swanson, who’s also been putting away a number of elite featherweights. His current streak unquestionably tops Bermudez’s; with six consecutive wins, including four coming against fighters who either are or have been in the top ten.
We can’t forget about Frankie Edgar or the winner of Dustin Poirer vs. Conor McGregor either, as all three fighters have their eyes set on a title shot. Bermudez has looked outstanding in his last few fights; however, I still think he needs one more win over a top 5 opponent.
Where do you think he currently stands in the division? Has Bermudez done enough to fight Aldo?