Featherweight Jose Aldo has earned a reputation for himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA due to his dismantling of divisional foes, racking up fourteen straight wins including success against stand-outs such as Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, Mike Brown, Cub Swanson, and Urijah Faber. Aldo’s blend of power, precision, and overall technique are rare and led to countless rumors about the Brazilian testing his hand as a 155er.
While Aldo is not opposed to the idea of fighting as a lightweight, he’ll only do so when he gets a green light from his trainers. Of course, if he’s able to beat former 155-pound champ Frankie Edgar on February 2 at UFC 156, that day is likely to come sooner than later.
“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). 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).”
“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.”
“It would have been a great fight in Brazil since Edgar is very popular in Brazil. Edgar is popular in Brazil because he has a lot of stamina, he never gives up, and he has a very good heart. But it’s a very special week with the Super Bowl and I’m really happy for that.”
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