Though a number of people want to see explosive Brazilian featherweight Jose Aldo move up a division to see how the 25-year old’s skills translate against bigger opponents, the most important individual in the equation isn’t among them. Aldo has adamantly denied any interest in fighting as a lightweight, at least where the immediate future is concerned, and apparently wouldn’t even do so if it meant a date with 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar.
The 20-1 Aldo turned down the potential prospect of heading to lightweight in a conversation with Tatame, expressing it was nothing personal and he would welcome an opportunity to face Edgar at 145 pounds.
“I think it’s great,” said Aldo of fighting “The Answer” before adding, “Frankie is the lightweight champion, so, if he moves down, no problem. Just like Kenny Florian did and others are doing… To me it’s okay. I’ll always fight the guys they point out for me to fight.”
As far as leaving his current divisional home, Aldo was quick to point out he wouldn’t give in to outside pressure and was happy as a featherweight.
“Move up is bullsh*t. If someone’s deciding it someday, it’s (Nova Uniao coach) Andre Pederneiras.”
Considering Edgar is also satisfied scrapping against 155ers and isn’t looking to dip down anytime soon it appears, at least for now, seeing the two prodigious pugilists will remain little more than an elusive “dream-fight”.
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MMATraining Take: Say what they will but I could still see Edgar and Aldo meeting up New Year’s Eve Weekend 2012. If Edgar beats the winner of Ben Henderson/Clay Guida, as well as the winner of Gilbert Melendez/Jorge Masvidal, the lightweight division may be out of immediate contenders. Likewise, if Aldo beats Chad Mendes and another contender like Tyson Griffin, Dustin Poirier, or Hatsu Hioki he could find himself in a similar situation. When opportunity arises you have to strike and hopefully the UFC will take that mindset to heart when it comes to making what would be a incredible bout between Edgar and Aldo.