Jose Aldo wants to move up to lightweight and down to bantamweight

By Al Stover

It is no question that UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been the most dominant 145-pound fighter in MMA for the past three years, but now he wants to add to his collection of gold.

In an interview with, Aldo, who is scheduled to defend his belt against former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in February 2013, said he would like to fight for both the lightweight and bantamweight championships in the future.

“I have made that weight once, and it has been a dream of mine to win three titles. Nobody has beaten that record yet. Andre [“Dede” Pederneiras] knows that’s a dream of mine, but he controls my career, so it all depends.”

Pederneiras, the head coach of the Nova Uniao gym, said in an interview with an interview with radio that he expects Aldo will fight at 155 on a regular basis.

Regardless of whether or not he defeats Edgar in February, Aldo would easily find himself a home in the lightweight division. Fighters like Clay Guida and Nate Diaz would be a great test against Aldo’s striking style and killer instinct. I am also interested to see how he would do in a fight against UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

I think Aldo would be more than a match against current UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, if he can make the weight cut without damaging his health.

If Aldo were to win both the lightweight and bantamweight championships, he would be the first fighter in UFC history to hold championships in three different weight classes.


Do you think Aldo has what it takes to fight for both lightweight and bantamweight championships? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.

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