UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr. has long considered a move up to 155 lbs., and many fans and pundits of MMA have been expected it for some time as well. True, Aldo appeared drawn and spent at the weigh-ins for his early bouts in the UFC versus Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian. While he won both fights by decision, he definitely did not finish the fight in typical Jose Aldo fashion.
Now he is set to face Frankie Edgar in February at UFC 156, and this fight should gauge exactly where he heads next. Aldo admitted via MMAJunkie that a move up to Lightweight may be in the cards, but his trainer wants him to wait:
“Certainly I believe that I’m ready, but ‘Dede’ believes that I’m still too young, and so he’s keeping me back. But I think I’m fully capable of fighting one category above.”
If and when Aldo does move up, he has his sights set on big things, which include a possible attempt at becoming an unprecedented three-class champion:
“I think that this upcoming fight is a superfight against Frankie Edgar. I think it’s going to be great, but I have even more dreams. I believe that there is a lot to be done. One of my dreams was to be a champion, and I am. I have achieved that. There is a lot still that can be achieved. For a fight for the title, I could make 135 pounds. I’m not saying it would be easy. It would be difficult, but I think I could do it.”
Aldo is no doubt a great Featherweight champ. Would he fare as well at Lightweight or even all the way down at Bantamweight? A three-time champion in three different classes is almost unheard of right now. What are your thoughts on Aldo’s bold ambitions?