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Old 12-25-2012, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jose Aldo hopes to have both lightweight title and bantamweight title.

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UFC 156'S JOSE ALDO WANTS LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE, STILL CONSIDERING BANTAMWEIGHT DROP


When UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo fights former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar, the Brazilian is looking at it as a bit of a test run.

Aldo believes he can hang with the boys at 155 pounds and wants a chance to move up and challenge for the promotion's lightweight title. He's just waiting on trainer Andre Pederneiras to give him the green light.

"It all depends on this fight," Aldo said through an interpreter. "My trainer, 'Dede,' thinks I'm not quite ready. When he thinks I'm ready to go up, I fully intend to go up. Once I beat Frankie Edgar, I'm sure that I can prove that I can fight one notch above.

"Certainly I believe that I'm ready, but 'Dede' believes that I'm still too young, and so he's keeping me back. But I think I'm fully capable of fighting one category above."

At 26 years old, Aldo currently boasts a 14-fight win streak in the featherweight division. Along the way, he's picked up the WEC and UFC titles, and he's generally dominated everyone he's faced. Edgar was always among the smallest fighters in the UFC's lightweight division, so Aldo won't have a true chance to feel out what he'd face at 155 pounds, but he insists his body is naturally moving toward the division.

Aldo revealed he generally walks around at about 170 pounds, well above the 135-pound weight he carried when he first started training.

"It's interesting because when I started, I used to weigh 62 kilos," Aldo said. "As time went on, now I'm at 78 kilos. When you have a fight, you make the weight. However, it always goes back to a little above where it was before."

Aldo doesn't have a long line of immediate contenders at 145 pounds. Names like Ricardo Lamas, Dennis Siver and Cub Swanson are out there, and Chad Mendes is blasting his way to a rematch, but none stand head-and-shoulders above the others right now. So a diversion to lightweight could potentially allow those contenders to sort each other out, as Aldo said he doesn't believe a move to 155 pounds would necessarily be permanent.

"I see no problem at all (in coming back to featherweight)," Aldo told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "As a matter of fact, it's never been a problem to maintain my weight. I've been maintaining my weight for quite some time, so I would like to fight at a higher category while maintaining my current weight.

"Athletes and fighters always dream of fighting one category above, and I believe that I can do that. I would like to. That's one of my goals. I would like to do much as Anderson Silva has done. I would like to go up and fight for the championship, obtain the championship and then go back to my category. If I'm able to keep both, I would try that. However, if not, I would like to fight for a title in the category above and then come back to mine."

While Aldo's natural growth makes it a bit unsurprising that he's considering a move to lightweight, the fact that he also believes he could make a move the other way is almost shocking.

Early in his career, Aldo teased of the possibility of becoming Zuffa's first-ever three-division champion by adding bantamweight and lightweight crowns to his featherweight title. The growing Aldo hasn't mentioned 135 pounds in quite some time, but he revealed it's not entirely out of the question.

"I have made that weight once, and it has been a dream of mine to win three title," Aldo said. "Nobody has beaten that record yet. Andre knows that's a dream of mine, but he controls my career, so it all depends. Someday I hope to achieve that. I'd like to make history.

"For a fight for the title, I could make 135 pounds. I'm not saying it would be easy. It would be difficult, but I think I could do it."

Of course, Aldo's Nova Uniao teammate, Renan Barao, is currently the UFC's interim bantamweight champion and is set to face Michael McDonald in February. Should he get through McDonald and somehow unseat current champ Dominick Cruz, Aldo isn't likely to try and steal away his friend's belt.

"I'd be very happy for him," Aldo said. 'We've been teammates for a long time. He's already interim champion. He's very close to it.

"I'm happy for Barao. I hope that he achieves the title, and that will be achieving one of our team's goals."

But if things don't work out for Barao, it could open the door for Aldo to achieve the unthinkable.

"I think that they're both great challenges," Aldo said. "I think 135 is already a great challenge. I believe that losing the weight would be a greater challenge, but 155 would still be a great challenge. I could still make the weight, but the other guy would be stronger, so both are great challenges."

Of course, Aldo has a staunch challenge just six weeks away, as a hungry Edgar could prove a very difficult foe. However, a victory could open up some very interesting possibilities for the Brazilian wrecking machine. He's currently one of four Brazilian UFC champions, but if things go according to plan, he could become a legend.

"I believe that there is a lot to be done," Aldo said. "One of my dreams was to be a champion, and I am. I have achieved that. There is a lot still that can be achieved.

"I think that this upcoming fight is a superfight against Frankie Edgar. I think it's going to be great, but I have even more dreams."

For more on UFC 156, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
Source: http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/1...medium=twitter

That is a true fighter right there! I hope he defeats Edgar and goes up for the lightweight title man. Maybe a fight against Cerrone/Diaz first to test the waters. Imagine Aldo vs Cerrone/Diaz...SICK!!

Don't think he should even attempt to drop to bantamweight though. He is already having a tough time going down to 145.
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No way he makes 135. He went through hell to make 145 for the Hominick fight, he'd kill himself if he tried to drop to 135.
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Unless he loses some muscle mass to stay at a lower weight, there is no way this is happening, since he hardly has any fat on him to begin with. Would be pretty sick to see a fighter hold two belts...ONLY if he is active in defending them.

He would have to fight a minimum of 3 fights a year just to keep it going, otherwise one of the belts will be on hold, and if he gets injured, thats two belts on hold.
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He will lose to Edgar, he wont have any titles soon.
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Not sure why he talks about 135.

I think he beats Frankie though. Frankie gets rocked every fight. Difference is, Aldo is a finisher, Maynard and Bendo aren't.

Not sure how Aldo would do at 155. Probably good, but no title.
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Definitely where Aldo's perspective is coming from here.

Imagine he beats Frankie at FW...lets break this down. Frankie was a champion at LW, Frankie beat the best at LW, Bendo, the current LW champ, and Frankie had very close fights. People who have accomplished the following things are able to compete at the highest levels of the division. We can assume that if Aldo can beat Frankie, Aldo is able to compete at the highest level of the LW division and potentially win the belt. If Aldo finishes Frankie, which wouldn't surprise me, that will seal the deal on whether he should be allowed to challenge Bendo or have a feel out match a weight class above.
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That is a true fighter right there! I hope he defeats Edgar and goes up for the lightweight title man. Maybe a fight against Cerrone/Diaz first to test the waters. Imagine Aldo vs Cerrone/Diaz...SICK!!

Don't think he should even attempt to drop to bantamweight though. He is already having a tough time going down to 145.
LOL, as if not ever defending his title wasn't bad enough, he wants to stall 2 divisions?
This guy is about to have his 4th ufc fight in 3 years, even GSP fights more often than him.
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Not sure why he talks about 135.

I think he beats Frankie though. Frankie gets rocked every fight. Difference is, Aldo is a finisher, Maynard and Bendo aren't.

Not sure how Aldo would do at 155. Probably good, but no title.
Meh, Frankie made it to the top of the deepest division in MMA. Aldo has defended his UFC title against Hominick, Florian, and Mendes, and only finished one of them.

Once again, that's Hominick, Florian, and Mendes. His best win to date is what, Faber?

Not saying he can't beat Frankie, but if he does it will be his best win by far.
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He should focus on staying healthy before exploring other divisions. If he was the FW Champion then I'd rather he lose the belt before moving up. Champions fighting in other weight classes just puts their division on hold and it sucks for the people in that division.
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Just thought of something. If Anderson came earlier on in his career he could have very well taken the WW crown, moved on to MW, and eventually LHW.

Aldo at 135 is viable as well as 155, however in the latter weight class he'll have a tough time against Bendo, Maynard, Pettis, and Cerrone. They're significantly bigger and lankier. Hominick is way smaller than all of em and he was able to control Aldo. Imagine Bendo.
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