UFC 169: Jose Aldo Cruises Against Ricardo Lamas; Batters Him With Leg Kicks
Jose Aldo has long been considered one of the most dominant fighters in MMA. He’s beat every challenger in the UFC, and he kept his UFC record perfect tonight, beating Ricardo Lamas in devastating fashion. For four-straight rounds, Aldo dominated the striking battle. He landed kicks at will, which added up throughout the fight.
In the fifth round, Aldo took Lamas down, and he ended up getting mounted. Lamas would reverse and take Aldo down, and he did a lot of damage on Aldo from the ground. It was too little too late, however, as Aldo had done enough in the rounds prior to warrant a decision. The judges gave Aldo the unanimous decision, and he keeps his UFC record perfect. This was a great title defense for Aldo, who showcased some great kicks tonight. This, along with his improved wrestling, seemed to be the difference in the fight.
Now that Aldo has defended his belt five-straight times in the featherweight division, he’s running out of challengers. Save for Chad Mendes, he doesn’t really have anyone left to fight in the division. This fight may be Aldo’s last in the featherweight division, because he has his sights set on fighting in the lightweight division.
This seems like the best move for him in his career, and it would behoove him to go up in weight, because it would save him the trouble of cutting so much weight. If and when Aldo moves up, he should fight Anthony Pettis, the current lightweight champ. This super-fight would be one for the ages.