Jose Aldo: If I Were Ricardo Lamas, I Would Wait To Fight Me


UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is on the shelf mending from a broken foot he suffered in his fourth round TKO of Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 this August. Slated to return in early 2014, Aldo has the rest of the year to think about his next opponent.

There are many worthy contenders at Featherweight right now, but perhaps none more than Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson. Both are on impressive win streaks inside the Octagon. Aldo ranks these two above his former opponent, the No.1-ranked contender Chad Mendes. ‘Scarface’ spoke up to MMA Fighting to detail his clear-cut vision of the division:

“If I were Lamas, I wouldn’t fight anyone and just wait for my opportunity. He was supposed to fight me already but then (Anthony) Pettis got himself in the middle. Lamas should wait, this is his moment. But it they decide to do a rematch between Lamas and Swanson to see who fights me, that’s ok too. Chad Mendes is still starting, haven’t fought anyone ranked yet, only fought guys that are not that good. He’s coming off good wins, but he hasn’t beaten good guys. So I believe the next two should be Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson.”

Lamas has been on a flawless run as of late, but he hasn’t fought since destroying Erik Koch in January. If he waits to fight Aldo, he could end up with well over a year-long layoff heading into his title shot. Still, there’s no guarantee of even getting another shot given the packed nature of the division right now.

And it got even more complicated earlier this week when No.3-ranked Frankie Edgar signed on to coach opposite a returning BJ Penn for a Featherweight bout. I thought Edgar could have cleared up some questions at the top of the rankings with a bout against either Mendes or Swanson, but perhaps those two streaking contenders should face off in the near future.

That’s a good fight to make, and really all of the top bouts at Featherweight are high-level affairs. It looks like Lamas is sticking to his guns to wait out Aldo’s return for a shot at gold. The coming months should reveal several exciting announcements for the division. Which fight are you looking forward to the most?

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  • What he says make sense….. the others are more deserving in my opinion but Mendes is the hardest opponent…..I want to see Aldo vs Pettis.

  • I have a feeling stylistically Mendes is a bad situation he would rather skip. He was a little lucky that the ref didn't do something about his cage grabbing and it sure looked like Mendes was going to have few problems taking him down and although I think Aldo is the more dangerous fighter,Mendes has real cardio and KO power too for the later rounds. I would still have Aldo as a favorite but to me Mendes is his biggest threat stylistically. A lot of people have been underestimating the Alpha Male team in recent years but they are on a very high roll right now and look as good as any other team.

  • Stfu about the fence grabbing…it happens all the time and the ref is there to deduct a point if it happens twice…also for those who remember the fight the did not happen right after the fence grab….Mendes tried another take down that was defended and he went to Aldos back (standing up)…Aldo hooked his arms turned fast and sent the knew knowing that Mendes would drop for the double (pure awesomeness)…so STF about the grab….it did nothing to change the fight's outcome.

    • Coming from a guy whos name is Brasil. Aldo is one of my very favorite fighters and I already said I would pick him again but that Mendes has a good chance. It does happen all the time with the fence grabbing but Aldos feet were in the air 2 or 3 times and was not in any position to defend the TD hence the reason he grabbed the fence. The fight could very well went differently had the TD not been illegally stopped. We truly don't know how it may have went and all indications at the beginning of their fight says Mendes will be able to take down Aldo without much fuss. My favorite current fighter is Anderson and yet I did not let him get away with his shoulder greasing attempts either. Brazillians hold a big portion of my favorite fighters list and they actually top it. By the way I know you can't see it with your national sunglasses on but Aldo grabbed the fence 2 or 3 times not just once and refs have been very lenient with home base fighters in Brasil.

      • Rewatched fight. There was only 1 grab but it was held for a long time and one of the most blatent grabs have seen lasting a couple seconds while in the air with his feet off the ground. A scenario that could have ended very differently had he not been holding on to the fence. I was wrong about there being more than 1 fence grab and I may have mixed it up with 2 or 3 seconds of grab. But I still think Mendes is someone he would not like to face again because of the stylistic issues. I still think Aldo will be the favorite in my books but to me Mendes is his worst scenario in the division.

  • Your last comment was very cool…..nice.
    Yes I am from Brasil but I do love MMA so I am in for good fights and love fighters outside of Brasil too: Fedor,Jones,Hendo,Cruz,Mir,Brock(yes…hard to believe but yes),Cain,Bendo, Pettis,BJ and so many others……I do try to filter my bias when commenting here but the fact is my Favorite fighters are Brasilian…..not sure if that would be the case If I was not Brasilian myself.

    • Sometimes I gotta swallow my pride and realize I mixed things up. Like I said though Aldo is one of my very favorite fighters and I still pick him, just think Mendes is someone he might like to not fight again. I don't think he's scared, I just think he himself sees a tough stylistic fight could come of it. I don't think anyone can beat Aldo if it was only going to be 3 rounds but with 5 he tries to reserve some for the later rounds and from my perspective it actually makes him allow some fighters to make a close match of a fight that he should have finished.