UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo has been linked to the lightweight division a handful of times in the past based on the Brazilian’s frame and general dominance against his 145-pound peers. However, he has always remained tight-lipped about when the move up might come, leaving the decision in the hands of his coaches at Nova Uniao.
That could change in February when he faces former lightweight title-holder Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. Prior to his decision to drop down in weight, Edgar put together an impressive stretch against larger opponents including wins over the likes of Sean Sherk, Gray Maynard, and B.J. Penn. As such, Aldo is under the impression a solid showing en route to victory over Edgar could be the catalyst for him to finally test his hand at taking out 155ers.
“This fight with Edgar will be a turning point. If I can win (against) him well, then I can prove that I can go (to lightweight),” said Aldo to a group of media members in Los Angeles. “He has a very strong reputation thanks to destroying several opponents. That’s the motivation for me to face him and that will be probably my last biggest challenge (at featherweight).”
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Asked to elaborate on why beating Edgar would play such a major role in his potential move up to 155 pounds, Aldo explained his adversary’s past accomplishments and overall durability have created an extremely high mark he sees as serving to gauge to his own potential prowess as al ightweight.
“I see (him) as a challenge. Frank already proved that he is a trooper, he will go to fight all five rounds, and he doesn’t give up. This is the fight I wanted,” concluded Aldo.
The 21-1 Aldo will enter the February 2 fight with fourteen consecutive wins in his rear-view mirror. He has finished fifteen of the opponents he’s beaten including Cub Swanson, Mike Brown, and most recently Chad Mendes.
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