UFC featherweight champion José Aldo was met with resistance, but successfully defended his belt last night in Toronto against hometown favorite Mark Hominick. It wasn’t his most dominant performance — two of the judges awarded Hominick with the last round — but Aldo fairly kept his belt and will shortly begin preparing himself for the next challenger in line.
Following his victory at UFC 129 last night, UFC president Dana White spoke with gathered media and offered some insight into Aldo’s future. White revealed that the Brazilian phenom will likely be returning to action this summer, though it won’t likely be at UFC: Rio.
“I don’t know. That’s a curve ball for me right now,” said White when asked what/who is next for Aldo. “I think we’re looking at Jose possibly fighting in Philly (at UFC 133).”
White appeared on ESPN MMA Live just days prior to UFC 129, where he seemingly offered up the next title shot to soon-to-be-featherweight — and MMA Live analyst — Kenny Florian.
“Everybody knows where you stand in the sport and obviously, if you can get in there –- yes,” White told Florian. “You make that weight Kenny and, yeah, you’re probably going to get the next title shot.”
However, gathering from what White said at last night’s presser, it would appear as though Florian will not be ready to return from his June debut at featherweight in time to face Aldo this August. Instead, Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes will likely get the next crack at Aldo’s belt.
“Probably [Chad Mendes]. Kenny Florian couldn’t be ready by then,” White said. “Mendes is 10-0. It makes sense.”
Mendes recently made his UFC debut at UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort this past February, defeating Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision.