Edgar May Be Aldo's Last Fight at 145
Maybe it's the undeniable legacies of Randy Couture and BJ Penn, or the flack Anderson Silva gets for not challenging the best in the world. Whatever the matter may be, the idea of dominating two weight classes has truly become the ultimate test of talent for any UFC title holder.
Undefeated at featherweight with 21 victories, it's no question that "Scarface" has run over everyone that has been put in front of him since he rose to fame in the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting). Aldo may very well be getting bored of resting comfortably at the top of his division, and can no longer ignore his desire to prove to himself and his fans that he can in fact deal with a higher level of competition at lightweight.
According to MMAFighting.com, Jose Aldo will view a successful title defense at UFC 156 as a signal that the time has come for him to seek the next stage in his career, the quest for supremacy in yet another weight class.
"I've considered going to lightweight. As soon as my trainer decides that I can go up, then I will. This fight with Edgar will be a turning point. If I can win [against] him well, then I can prove that I can go [to lightweight]. He has a very strong reputation thanks to destroying several opponents. That's the motivation for me to face him and that will be probably my last biggest challenge [at featherweight]."
As successful as Aldo has been as of late, it is arguably a bit early for him to conclude that he's attained all the glory he could possibly reach at featherweight. Should he defend his belt at least two or three more times before cementing his legendary status at 145?
It's also hard to imagine Jose simply forgetting about the other worthy contenders looking to rightfully earn the featherweight crown by dethroning the long time champion, such as Chan Sung-Jung and Eric Koch. Aldo definitely has plenty of business to attend to in his current division, but if he can add the incomparably tough Frankie Edgar to his list of fallen opponents, 155 may be the only place where he can find someone to finally contend with the power, accuracy and masterful grappling that has earned him the label as one of the greatest fighters in the world.
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