5 Fights For Jose Aldo To Take Next
5 Fights That Jose Aldo Should Take Next
UFC 169 was not as entertaining as it was on paper. The preliminary fights were stacked with talent, and while the fights certainly weren't all boring, the lack of stoppages certainly had a negative effect on the crowd. Luckily, the main card delivered, well sort of, with Jamie Varner and Abel Trujilo having the most engaging 'slugfest' of the year.
The flyweight contender-ship bout was a competitive affair, with John Lineker being rendered ineffective by Ali Bagautinov's wrestling, jiu jitsu and movement. Bagautinov won two of the three rounds, and we have most likely found a flyweight contender for Demetrious Johnson.
The featherweight title was on the line in the co-main event of the evening, where pound-for-pound No. 2 in the world Jose Aldo, would face off against the confident Ricardo Lamas.
Aldo cruised to a decision victory over the dangerous Lamas, in a striking exhibition for 25 minutes. Coming in to the fight, Lamas was considered a huge threat to the featherweight throne, considering how good his top game is, and how well he has looked lately. Many fans had forgotten that Lamas was getting lit up by Cub Swanson in their fight, as well as taken down at will by Hatsu Hioki in theirs. Aldo countered and defended everything the challenger threw at him, bringing a gun to a sword fight regarding his leg kicks.
Dana White is pushing a potential 'super-fight' for Aldo against Anthony Pettis, the new lightweight champion who hasn't even defended his title yet. Instead of the short term gain of a super-fight, the UFC should look to build on their divisions, creating bigger stars of their talented champions.
5. Chad Mendes
Chad Mendes has been on an undeniable win streak, becoming the first man to knock out the indestructible Clay Guida. Team Alpha Male's new coach, Duane 'Bang' Ludwig, has had a huge impact on the group's striking, bringing Mendes' kick-boxing to a new level. Mendes' improvement is more than enough to make a rematch with Jose Aldo interesting.
4. Cub Swanson
Cub Swanson is another featherweight fighter who has huge momentum, and yet another rematch for the champion Aldo. In his last fight, Swanson demolished Dennis Siver with incredibly slick striking. The fans were robbed of a war between Aldo and Swanson due to the champions flying double knee, and a rematch would be a incredible sight to see.
3. Testing The Waters – Edson Barboza
Aldo has two credible title threats that he could fight right now in Swanson and Mendes. Other than that, most of Aldo's future clashes will probably come against fighters in the lightweight division. While I completely disagree with a super-fight between him and Anthony Pettis, I'd like to see him follow Anderson Silva's footsteps and dip a toe in the lightweight division. Edson Barboza would be an incredible Muay Thai war for Aldo.
2. Testing The Waters – Nate Diaz
Dipping his toe in the deep end. While I assume Aldo would kick Nate Diaz into oblivion, the Stockton Bad Boy could push Aldo to the limits in a five round affair.
1. Anthony Pettis
The fight that will be prematurely made and doesn't make sense. In the UFC, super-fights really started when Georges St Pierre and Anderson Silva were ruling their divisions with an iron fist. Aldo has challengers in the featherweight division right now, and Anthony Pettis hasn't even defended his title yet. Yes, this fight would be fun to watch, but the notion that champions have to do super-fights is ludicrous.
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