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Old 07-13-2011, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jose Aldo Wants to Fight Cruz, Edgar

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Jose Aldo currently sits alone atop the featherweight division, but the UFCs second-youngest champion has a dream: a possible move in weight that could result in a super-fight against a fellow UFC champ, such as Frankie Edgar or Dominick Cruz.

Aldo, 24, has already verbally agreed to make his next title defense against Kenny Florian, who earned the shot in his 145-pound debut by outpointing world-ranked Diego Nunes. After that, however, if desired by the UFC and agreed upon by his management, Aldo says hed be more than happy to shift in weight.

Its not only about my wishes, Aldo explained to Sherdog.com. My coach, Andre Pederneiras, and managers Ed Soares and Joinha [Jorge Guimaraes] are also involved, so it has to come from them, as well as from [UFC President] Dana White and [matchmaker] Joe Silva. Im a fighter; Ive gotta do my job well and always try to give the crowd a show. If it was only about my wishes, Id love to move my weight up and down to fight, but Im confident when they believe its a good time, Ill be asked to face this new challenge.

Aside from taking part in his own, Aldo also showed himself to be generally in favor of super-fights, admitting that he would like to see middleweight king Anderson Silva take on light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, or Silva against welterweight ruler Georges St. Pierre.

Im in favor of that because I think the promotion, the public and the media would gain a lot with [super-fights], the Nova Uniao fighter opined. A lot of fans want to see champions fight champions from other divisions. If people could find a way to make that, to get a consensus, I think theres a place for that in the UFC. For me, as I said, it would be a dream come true to test myself between the lighter weights.

Before any move, though, Aldo must defend his crown against Florian. After six weeks away from training, the champion is getting back to perfect shape. Now completely healed is the shoulder injury which he discovered after his five-round battle with Mark Hominick at UFC 129.

Im just waiting on the date [to face Florian], said Aldo. I returned to my training routines after a good period of rest, and Im getting back into shape with boxing, jiu-jitsu and muay Thai. Im not exactly focused on Florian. Ill wait to be, like, seven weeks out from the fight to figure out a strategy to beat him.
This sounds GREAT to me! I love Aldo's attitude of supporting superfights and if he beats Florian i would definitely want to see him fight Frankie or Maynard (whoever is the champ). I believe Aldo will be the first in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously!
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The UFC isn't going to let one guy tie up two divisions. If the fight was to happen, it would be a non-title fight. Or at least it should.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The UFC isn't going to let one guy tie up two divisions. If the fight was to happen, it would be a non-title fight. Or at least it should.
I disagree with that. The UFC allowed BJ Penn to fight GSP for the Welterweight Title even when he already had the Lightweight Belt. This shows a precedent of the UFC allowing the possibility of a two-weight champion.
Also, I dont think tying up the divisions would be a problem in Aldo's case because if he beats Florian then there aren't any true contenders left to challenge him at Featherweight anyway. Aldo could spend more time defending his LW belt while the FW division works itself out and continues to grow/produce challengers for him.

I say more power to him, and if he's capable he can even shoot for 5 fights per year: 2 featherweight defenses and 3 lightweight defenses. Obviously this is a stretch but it's not impossible or unheard of, as long as he stays healthy it could be done.
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He'd **** Cruz in a fight. But edgar/Maynard I'll have to see. I think he'd still take either but meh
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I think Chad Mendes has to get his shot first. After that I say let Aldo expand.
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The UFC isn't going to let one guy tie up two divisions. If the fight was to happen, it would be a non-title fight. Or at least it should.
I'd have to disagree as well. If you are the best fighter at 2 or even 3 weight classes you should be allowed to prove it. But with that being said if you hold multiple belts you should have to defend them just as often as if 2 people held the titles. Meaning 4-6 fights a year which would be very taxing. And if an injury sidelined him for a period of time that causes him to miss 2 or more title defenses it should be vacated. That to me would show that the UFC is the best of the best when it comes to true warriorship.
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All I have to say is if you want to be a dual champion, you need to be prepared to fight and fight often. It would suck to have a division get held up due to that
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I disagree with that. The UFC allowed BJ Penn to fight GSP for the Welterweight Title even when he already had the Lightweight Belt. This shows a precedent of the UFC allowing the possibility of a two-weight champion.
Also, I dont think tying up the divisions would be a problem in Aldo's case because if he beats Florian then there aren't any true contenders left to challenge him at Featherweight anyway. Aldo could spend more time defending his LW belt while the FW division works itself out and continues to grow/produce challengers for him.

I say more power to him, and if he's capable he can even shoot for 5 fights per year: 2 featherweight defenses and 3 lightweight defenses. Obviously this is a stretch but it's not impossible or unheard of, as long as he stays healthy it could be done.
I know they offered it to Penn... but now that a main event fight can be five rounds with out a title on the line, what does the UFC stand to gain from letting Aldo do it? If he's done at featherweight, have him vacate the FW belt for a shot at the lightweight. Give him some risk in the matter.

People pay to see title fights, and if the FW belt is still stale on some dudes wall weight for the FW division to equal out, that's going to be lame.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd have to disagree as well. If you are the best fighter at 2 or even 3 weight classes you should be allowed to prove it. But with that being said if you hold multiple belts you should have to defend them just as often as if 2 people held the titles. Meaning 4-6 fights a year which would be very taxing. And if an injury sidelined him for a period of time that causes him to miss 2 or more title defenses it should be vacated. That to me would show that the UFC is the best of the best when it comes to true warriorship.
But this isn't scrap yard fighting. You actually countered your own argument with the perfect reason why this doesn't work. If Aldo is going to have to continue to defined his belt at that pace, he does leave himself open to injury. Then they UFC is out a PPV main event. And you also have everyone in both the FW and LW divisions stalled waiting for one guy to get healthy.

I firmly stand by, if Aldo wants a shot at the LW title, he needs to move on from the FW. Otherwise, let's see it as a exhibition 5 round match.
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