Aldo looks to be champion in multiple divisions
While their fight at UFC 156 will be contested at featherweight, Jose Aldo believes his fight with Frankie Edgar could be the litmus test for the 155 division.
Also spoke with MMAJunkie about a lightweight switch:
"It all depends on this fight," Aldo said through an interpreter. "My trainer, 'Dede,' thinks I'm not quite ready. When he thinks I'm ready to go up, I fully intend to go up. Once I beat Frankie Edgar, I'm sure that I can prove that I can fight one notch above."
While Aldo still has to get by Edgar, there are still fights to be had at featherweight such as Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie), Ricardo Lamas, Denis Siver and a possible rematch with the red hot Cub Swanson. However Aldo has no intentions of leaving the featherweight division for good, as he states he would like to fight in both.
"Athletes and fighters always dream of fighting one category above, and I believe that I can do that. I would like to. That's one of my goals. … I would like to do much as Anderson Silva has done. I would like to go up and fight for the championship, obtain the championship and then go back to my category. If I'm able to keep both, I would try that. However, if not, I would like to fight for a title in the category above and then come back to mine."
There are only two fighters in the history of the UFC that have held titles in two divisions, one being Randy Couture and the other being B.J Penn. But it seems as though Aldo wants to hold a record all his own, as he stated that the idea of fighting in the bantamweight division isn't out of the realm of possibility.
"I have made that weight once, and it has been a dream of mine to win three titles," Aldo said. "Nobody has beaten that record yet. Andre knows that's a dream of mine, but he controls my career, so it all depends. Someday I hope to achieve that. I'd like to make history.
"For a fight for the title, I could make 135 pounds. I'm not saying it would be easy. It would be difficult, but I think I could do it."
The idea of being a champion in three divisions is a grand one and challenging one, but it seems it could be a reality for Aldo, as he is only 26, dominated one division, and according to him, can make both weights. While it remains to be seen what will become of the already phenomenal career of Jose Aldo, being a champion in three different weight classes would make for a solid resume to be known as the greatest fighter of all time.
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