Like everyone else,
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo
heard the whispers associated with Frankie
Edgar and a theoretical move to 145 pounds.
Those discussions have cooled since UFC President Dana White
announced plans for an Edgar rematch with Benson
Henderson, the man who dethroned him to become lightweight
champion at UFC 144 last month in Japan. Even so, Aldo believes his
path may someday cross with Edgar.
“Having Edgar, a former lightweight champion, would be amazing for
the featherweight division, but if he doesn’t come down [to 145
pounds], in the future, I’m going to have to move to lightweight,”
Aldo told Sherdog.com while visiting Vila Olimpica da Mare, one of
the largest slums in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There, with the
backing of sponsor Flamengo, he donated hundreds of backpacks and
gifts for local children.
Before any showdown with Edgar materializes, either at
featherweight or lightweight, Aldo faces the task of defending his
title, likely against the winner of the
UFC on Fuel TV 3 matchup between Dustin
Poirier and Chan Sung
Jung. Aldo will watch the fight with keen interest.
“As soon as it’s confirmed, we will study the opponent,” he said.
“I know a bit more about ‘The [Korean] Zombie,’ but that fact is we
all know each other. We’re in the same division. We have to study
our strengths and weaknesses more calmly. I’ll be watching this
Poirier has won five consecutive bouts, the last four in the UFC.
Jung, meanwhile, will enter their matchup on the strength of his
seven-second knockout against Canadian veteran Mark
Hominick, who went five rounds with Aldo 11 months ago. The
champion does not see a clear favorite in the fight.
“No one is tougher than the other,” Aldo said. “Poirier comes in on
a good run, and ‘The [Korean] Zombie’ has been evolving since he
left the WEC. I hope the best man wins and the best man comes to
Of late, there has been much speculation regarding potential
challengers for Aldo. Hatsu Hioki,
who defeated Bart
Palaszewski by unanimous decision at UFC 144 tops the list, but
the former Sengoku
champion has asked that any pairing with Aldo be withheld in favor
of further training. Aldo does not believe potential opponents are
“It would be Hioki, really, but if he thinks it’s better to train a
little more, OK. I have to understand his side,” he said. “Hioki
will surely have the opportunity in the future.”
Others have pointed to Edgar as an ideal foe, but with his rematch
against Henderson now ticketed for this summer, he does not figure
to eye the featherweight division for quite some time.
“Edgar thinks he won against Henderson, so he really had to stay in
his division and get the rematch,” Aldo said. “If he comes to
featherweight, we’ll fight. Many people want to see it.”
Because the Poirier-Jung bout will take place in May, there likely
will not be enough time for Aldo to fight again when the UFC
returns to Brazil in June.
“I would like to fight in the UFC in Sao Paulo,” he said, “but if
not, let’s go to war wherever the war is.”
Leonardo Fabri contributed to this report.