WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo currently resides near the top of many MMA pundits’ pound-for-pound rankings. So dominant has he been at 145-pounds that the matchmaking heads at Zuffa, LLC. (parent company to both the UFC and WEC) thought it a good idea to raise Aldo up to the lightweight division in the UFC instead of having him defend his featherweight title again under the WEC banner. Aldo recently revealed to Tatame.com that he had been presented with the opportunity to face top UFC lightweight Kenny Florian in a December bout, but that his managers and coaches felt he needed more time to prepare himself for a move up in weight.
“They made the proposal,” Aldo said. “I wanna fight, it can be at WEC or in the UFC.”
The most important thing to note here is that Aldo is open to the fight and open to competing in the UFC, and that Zuffa is actively seeking to bring Aldo into the UFC fold. The decision by his camp to take more time to add the mass needed to compete in the UFC’s ultra-competitive lightweight division will likely prove a good thing and it seems only a matter of time now before Aldo tests his greatness in the deep waters at 155-pounds.
“Ken-Flo’s” manager Malki Kawa spoke with MMAWeekly.com in the face of this news and revealed that, while they have never been offered a bout with Aldo, the prospect of a fight with the Brazilian dynamo is more than intriguing to perennial-contender Florian.
“I heard the rumor and we would take the fight if it would have been (offered),” Kawa told MMAWeekly. “Actually, we really want that fight.”
As it stands, Aldo will defend his featherweight title at least once more; likely against either Josh Grispi or Mark Hominick. Though nothing official concerning his opponent has been announced, Aldo did take to his Twitter recently to announce a January return. Florian will take on tough 155’er Evan Dunham this February at UFC 126.