José Aldo’s (21-1) coach Andre Pederneiras thinks that in the near future the featherweight champion will move up a weight class. The idea to fight heavier has been on Aldo’s mind for some time according to Pederneiras and could happen in about a year.
“Every fight, he wants to fight at 155 pounds,” said Pederneiras to MMA Junkie Radio. “‘I don’t want to cut any more weight.’ Every day I listen to him about that.”
Aldo was undefeated in the WEC where he was their featherweight champion. He defended it twice before the title was promoted to the UFC roster. He has won all three of his UFC fights. His last appearance was almost a year ago at UFC 142 when he defeated Chad Mendes (13-1) by knockout in the first round.
“I think for him it’s better to wait a little bit because he’s putting on mass every year,” said Pederneira. “He doesn’t need to put so much mass that he can’t move the same. He’s gaining weight because he’s so young. I don’t want to put pressure on him to gain weight. I prefer to wait maybe one more year.”
Aldo makes his next title defense against Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) at UFC 156 on February 2 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. It will be Edgar’s featherweight debut after dropping down from lightweight over the fall.