Jose Aldo has been one of the most dominant champions in the UFC, and the featherweight kingpin is fully deserving of the high profile opportunity he will get to showcase his skills on Super Bowl weekend. Aldo’s sixth title defense of his 145 pound championship against Ricardo Lamas will act as the main event of UFC 169 in New Jersey. The Brazilian is currently riding an impressive 16 fight win streak. During his Octagon tenure, Aldo has registered victories against Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung. In his victory over “The Korean Zombie” at UFC 163 in Brazil, Aldo sustained a broken foot. He was able to finish his opponent in the fourth round.
Aldo is starting to run out of challenges at 145 pounds, and if he is able to keep up his winning ways against Lamas, a potential move to 155 pounds is very possible. Aldo has made it clear that he’s very interested in a potential fight against current lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. “Showtime” called out Aldo after winning the lightweight belt at UFC 164 against Benson Henderson. The pair had actually been scheduled to meet for Aldo’s title at UFC 163 before Pettis was forced to withdraw due to an injury. They have unfinished business, and a possible SUPERFIGHT between the pair would be an extremely exciting matchup. However, Aldo certainly can’t take his upcoming opponent lightly.
Lamas has won four consecutive fights in impressive fashion since joining the featherweight ranks. “The Bully” hasn’t fought since January, when he stopped Erik Koch in the second round. Lamas had a fight against Jung at UFC 162 fall apart when the Korean fighter was moved to the UFC 163 event.
Since then, there have been anxious moments for Lamas, as he’s been in a much talked about triangle of contenders that included Mendes and Cub Swanson. The things that weighed in his favor are that Mendes already had his chance and was stopped by Aldo in the first round, and Lamas defeated Swanson in a head-to-head matchup. Lamas will no doubt be thrilled with getting the opportunity, however, solving Aldo these days is about as tough as it gets.
While it’s unfortunate that an announced light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira didn’t materialize for the Super Bowl weekend event, having Aldo-Lamas and a bantamweight unification title fight between Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao is a fine alternative for fans to enjoy.
Rick LaFitte is an MMAWriter for Rant Sports