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Dana White wants Jose Aldo to stay at 145 pounds temporarily

UFC President Dana White recently speculated on World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion José Aldo moving up to the UFC’s lightweight division and facing some of the top fighters there.

“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.

16 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Didn’t we have this conversation yesterday?

    I think DW pretty much saying what most posters commented about yesterday… Aldo has things to accomplish at his current weight first before any jumps up or down in weight class.

  • JBAR says:

    Does Aldo cut much weight to make 145? I could see him making the jump if he has a dominant performance against Manny and I would like to see him against some of the lightweight fighters. Clay Guida would be a good first test for him at 155 and would be an exciting fight to watch.

  • nothing_shank says:

    Good call rece. DW statements are almost verbatim what aldo said about himself. Its like they had a conference call to hash out exactly what they were going to say for their respective articles. Think dana speaks portuguese? Jk

  • PsYc0tIkDrEaM says:

    when did DW start making statements for WEC fighters?!?!?!?

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    I still believe that Ben Henderson poses the best immediate threat to the Jose Aldo equation

  • AR15 says:

    when did DW start making statements for WEC fighters?!?!?!?  (Quote)

    When he bought the company…

  • nothing_shank says:

    Since zuffa owns wec. They have for a few years now. Why do you think dana, and pretty much the entire ufc production and commentary team, ran the wec’s first pay-per-view?

  • Guthookd says:

    Aldo schmaldo.

    He needs to stay put. I don’t think a fighter who holds a belt should EVER leave his weight class. Within the next few fights he’s going to loose the belt anyway. They always do.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Absolutely Guthookd-I think it is pretty obvious that the lower weight classes are there by choice-no one wants to be KTFO

  • Talengard says:

    Finish people like BJ Penn and GSP right? …

  • Talengard says:

    Finish people like BJ Penn and GSP do right*

  • stone says:

    ALDO is a BEAST… But its kinda hard to get all wound up about him coming to the UFC to fight with the big boys! After all how many WEC fighters have come over to the UFC and been a factor… Chael Sonnen and um, um…

  • elkymbo says:

    Ha ha 155 pounders are big boys :)

  • Paulo says:

    If Aldo wants to move up, I say let him. I would disagree if he was switching weight classes this early and it was within the same organization, but his move up isn’t just a move up in weight. It’s a move up to the UFC where he can earn mountains more in cash from fights and sponsers. If he can win a couple in the UFC and fight for the title in a main event, he would make more money in that one main event from ppv cuts and sponsors then he could probably earn throughout an entire career if he stayed in WEC.

  • Guthookd says:

    If Aldo wants to move up, I say let him. I would disagree if he was switching weight classes this early and it was within the same organization, but his move up isn’t just a move up in weight. It’s a move up to the UFC where he can earn mountains more in cash from fights and sponsers. If he can win a couple in the UFC and fight for the title in a main event, he would make more money in that one main event from ppv cuts and sponsors then he could probably earn throughout an entire career if he stayed in WEC.  (Quote)

    Good point. I didn’t look at it from that angle.

    The best move IMO would be for the UFC to simply absorb the WEC completely or for them to seperate duplicate weight classes….i.e. give the WEC all the LWs.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    I think it would be very beneficial for the WEC if they would have Sherk and Clay enter into their LW division-Let’s face it-neither of them is going to fight for a title in the UFC any time soon-but their star power would add huge sales for the WEC

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