UFC President Dana White has made it difficult for some fighters to shift from one weight class to another in the past. However, in Jose Aldo‘s case, White is quite fine with the reigning UFC featherweight champion taking a look at a move to the lightweight division.
Last night “Scarface” successfully defended his title yet again with a first round knockout victory over top contender Chad Mendes in the main event at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes. Aldo blocked several takedown attempts by Mendes before finishing him off and celebrating with the Brazilian crowd.
“People have been asking me about Jose Aldo moving up to 155 pounds to take on Frankie Edgar or some of the other top guys there’ That’s up to him. He’s going to have to make that decision whether he wants to make that move or not,” said White, during a post-fight interview Saturday night. “I would have no problem with him staying at his weight now and defending his title there or moving to 155 pounds – whatever he feels like he wants to do.”
Aldo has defeated the likes of Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, and now Mendes since joining the UFC after the company absorbed the WEC. He has also talked about moving up in weights previously, but has always said it is up to his management team and coach what he does.
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MMATraining Take: Aldo against the likes of Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard, Benson Henderson, and even Gilbert Melendez has to excite fight fans. The battles these men could put on would be instant classics. Of course, Aldo seems to be in classic fights at his own division now, too, so it remains to be seen what he does.