UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo proved two things in his title match against Frankie “The Answer” Edgar at UFC 156.
1. He is without a doubt the No. 1 featherweight fighter in the world.
2. He went the distance with one of the best 155-pound fighters on the planet.
Aldo has talked about making a move to the lightweight division in the past, but after his fight with Edgar, he needs to make the jump in weight now.
While it was Edgar’s first-time in the featherweight division, Aldo had to contend with the Answer’s heart as he tried to pick him apart, similar to how he did Urijah Faber back at WEC 48. Still, Edgar managed to put on a challenge in the fourth and fifth frames of the match, which ended in a flurry between the champion and challenger.
Aldo’s striking would match well against someone like Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz. He also has a good jiu-jitsu background, which he rarely uses.
If Aldo is looking to become a future lightweight champion, he would need to work on controlling his pace and improving his conditioning during the latter parts of his fights.
Aldo exhausted himself in the championship rounds during his fights with Edgar and Mark Hominick and he ended losing those rounds because of Edgar and Hominick were able to control him.
There are 155-pound fighters like Benson Henderson, current UFC Lightweight champion and Diego Sanchez, winner of the first Ultimate Fighter, who could control a tired Aldo because of their conditioning and grappling. If 155 is an easier weight cut for Aldo, this could help him with any cardio problems.
While the UFC decides Aldo’s next title defense – who I think should be “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, but that is just my opinion – the featherweight champion could easily step up and assert his dominance in the 155-pound weight class.
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