Andre Pederneiras, the coach for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, believes the best division for his fighter is right where he is at — 145 pounds. Aldo recently defended his title for a second time with a decision victory over Kenny Florian at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III.
“He’ll keep fighting in his weight class,” said Pederneiras, in a recent interview with Sherdog.com. “He might be invited to fight at lightweight, but he won’t abandon featherweight, because, I believe, there are a lot of challenges left for him there.”
Pederneiras said “Scarface” dropped 22 pounds just two days before his fight with Mark Hominick at UFC 129, and another 19 before the bout with Florian, saying, “He didn’t have any trouble at UFC 129, just the normal stuff happened. It’s something he’s done since his first MMA fight and it’s something that a fighter who wants to fight at the highest level needs to get used to.”
A video circulated showing Aldo cutting weight for the Hominick fight, and many thought it was the weight-cut that caused him to look sluggish in the later rounds. For now, the coach believes his man will accept any and all challengers for his title.
“He’s just arrived in the UFC and has only fought there twice,” Pederneiras said. “Also, I believe many 155-pound fighters will drop to 145 in order to get a title shot they couldn’t get (at lightweight). So, he has a lot of fights to make before thinking about (a move up in classes).”
Chad Mendes has been mentioned as the next opponent for Aldo, but nothing official has been announced by either fighter or the UFC.