For quite a while now people have speculated on how long UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, will keep making the gruelling cut down to 145 pounds.
Aldo is known for cutting large amounts of weight before his fights but recently the cut looks as if it is affecting his cardio. “Junior” seems to have dramatically slowed down in the later stages of his past several fights.
The cut apparently isn’t hurting his performance too badly, however, because he’s been defending his title with relative ease. But the question of how long Aldo will keep fighting at featherweight still remains.
The featherweight champion recently spoke to MMAfighting.com and said no matter what there will always be talk of him fighting at lightweight. Aldot like he proved he would be a dominant force at lightweight, when he beat the division’s former champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156:
“People will never forget this idea. I was pissed with that in the past, and then I fought Edgar and proved that I could do good fights (at 155). We’ll see what happens. I still have many goals to accomplish. One day I’ll fight at 155.”
For now, Aldo is set to defend his 145-pound title against Ricardo Lamas next month in the co-main event of UFC 169. He doesn’t expect an easy fight with Lamas, so the champion says he’s been training hard. Aldo also said he trains with larger training partners to help him prepare and thinks that could be beneficial if he were to fight at lightweight:
“We always train with heavier sparring partners to make it harder, so the fight will be easier. It would be normal for me (to fight at 155). We create difficulties in training so we never think it’s easy.”
“Ricardo Lamas deserved this chance. He was the next in line. He’s coming of good wins and earned the shot. He’s a well-rounded fighter.”
Aldo won’t be the only the only champion defending his tile at UFC 169. His Nova Uniao teammate and current UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barão, will also defend his belt in the main event against Urijah Faber. Aldo says having Barão fighting on the card will only make him stronger:
“Barao and I are going to fight at the same night, so we’ll be stronger when we get inside the cage. The training is intense here at Nova Uniao. I will be ready when the time comes.”
Nova Uniao is well known for being one if the gyms in the business. If the camp is as intense as Aldo says it is, it could be very short night for Lamas and Faber come February 1. Will both Aldo and Barão emerge with their belts at UFC 169?