“Yeah, there’s a possibility he could move to 155,” White admitted in a conversation with MMAFighting.com. “That’d be fun.”
But not yet.
“I think that he should defend his title a couple more times,” the UFC President said.
And while White sang Aldo’s praises for weeks leading up WEC 48, he was critical of the 23-year old champion’s first title defense, stating, “He had a dominant performance against Urijah [Faber], but I think he could have done better. I think he could have stopped him.”
Aldo’s one-sided mauling of Faber was accomplished almost solely with a lightning-quick leg kick that left Faber’s left thigh and knee swollen and purple for weeks. Over the course of five rounds, the story of the fight became less about Aldo finishing, and more about Faber surviving. Whether or not Aldo deserves criticism for decimating one of the historically best featherweights in the world is arguable.
How could he have finished Faber? It “comes with experience,” says White.
“The more times you get in there, you start to feel more and more comfortable,” he continued. “After guys get some experience and get a couple of big fights under their belt, this place starts to feel like home, [and] they turn it up to a whole other level.”
Just how Aldo, who has finished six of seven fights in the WEC by TKO, and has only gone to four decisions in his 18 fight career, can turn it up to another level is a mystery. Still, it looks like plans are in motion for Aldo to stay a featherweight a little longer.
“It’s one thing to win the title,” White added. “But you gotta defend it a few times.”
It is difficult to argue White’s point. Aldo’s next title defense will likely come against UFC veteran Manny Gamburyan, who knocked out former champion Mike Brown the same night Aldo and Faber fought.
Whether he moves up to lightweight, down to bantamweight, or stays at featherweight, the most refreshing thing about Jose Aldo is that there is no hint of him slowing down–only talk of what he can, and just might, accomplish in the future.