Everyone loves a superfight. It is something that is dreamed up by the fans and loved by promoters when reasonable. Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis is no different. The issue now is that it is being debated whether or not the fight should be held at lightweight or at a catchweight of 150 pounds. The honest answer to that question is for the bout (if approved) to happen at lightweight for the lightweight title.
The fact of the matter is that Aldo has wiped out the featherweight division, and a move up in weight would be good for both divisions. Looking at the top-10 featherweights (as ranked by the UFC), there isn’t anyone remaining that looks interesting for Aldo to fight.
Sure, there is Chad Mendes who has been on a roll lately and has improved since the last time the two fought. Mendes is on a five-fight win streak, with only one of those fights seeing the final bell. The problem is that improving between bouts doesn’t mean the outcome will be closer or different, as witnessed by Renan Barao/Urijah Faber II.
It would be much better for Aldo to move on to new challengers in the lightweight division and free up the featherweight belt. He has proven that there is no one in the featherweight division that can defeat him. He should step aside and let fighters like Mendes, Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson get a shot at being a UFC champion.
On the flip side, Aldo would be improving the lightweight division. Already a strong division in its own right, it wouldn’t hurt to add yet another contender to the fold. Aldo would be a perfect challenge for anyone in the top-five (Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez, T.J. Grant, Josh Thomson or Nate Diaz).
A fight between Aldo and any of the aforementioned fighters would have the potential to earn Fight of the Night honors. Isn’t that ultimately what it’s all about, producing great fights for the fans? Aldo just isn’t doing that in featherweight bouts because he is dominating everyone … at least until the fourth or fifth round.