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Jose Aldo has his sights set on the lightweight division

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Ron Chenoy-US Presswire

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is set to defend his belt against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. Both fighters have cemented their status as being the elite in their division, which makes their super-fight all the more intriguing.

This fight will test both fighters’ skills and it appears Aldo may make the jump up to lightweight if he can beat Edgar. In a recent interview with MMAFighting, Aldo talked about the potential change in weight class.

  “I’ve considered going to lightweight.  As soon as my trainer decides that I can go up, then I will. 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].

If he can get past a dynamic and durable fighter in Edgar, then the possibilities are endless for Aldo in the lightweight division. Fans would be able to see potential fights with guys like Ben Henderson, Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard. Also, it would cement his status as being one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world next to Anderson Silva and George St. Pierre.

First things first, however, because he has to get past Frankie Edgar, who is one of the best in his own right. Edgar is coming off two narrow victories against Henderson and he will surely try to make a statement when he competes at his natural weight class against Aldo. Will Aldo be able to thwart the speed and take down ability of Edgar? Stay tuned!