Jose Aldo Manny Gamburyan WEC 51

Jose Aldo could be described as one of the most gifted fighters in the entire MMA world, and he is universally ranked among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.

The current UFC featherweight champion has long talked about a potential move to 155lbs at some point to solidify his place as one of the best, but it appears those plans are further off than originally expected.

Once upon a time, Aldo was offered a fight at 155lbs against Kenny Florian in the UFC, but after discussing things with his coaches and manager he opted to stay at featherweight where he reigns as the current UFC champion.

Now with a bout on the horizon against Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in Toronto, Aldo’s team believes he has more work to do at 145lbs before taking the eventual leap to lightweight.

“I think that anything is possible. I think right now, he still has some work to be done at 145 pounds. He’s a few fights away from being able to say he’s cleaned out the division,” Aldo’s manager Ed Soares told MMAWeekly Radio. “I think he’s capable of doing that, and (moving to lightweight) is a potential thing that could happen.

“We could see that in a year, year and a half. He would definitely have to put on a little bit of weight and he would have to put on the weight gradually. I think it would be at least a year before we see him fight at 155.”

Soares’ statements are similar to what UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre said about his potential move to middleweight at some point down the road. Much like GSP, Aldo wants the chance to put on the extra weight the right way and adjust to the move, not just hop up to a different weight class with no real planning.

Always ready to fight, Aldo would of course accept a bout at lightweight today if the UFC came calling, but his team is looking out for his best interests and right now they lie at 145lbs.

“He’ll take the fight. He’ll do the fight regardless (of weight). I just think you’re at a level now, and the sport is at a level now, where you have to take these things seriously. These guys are professionals,” Soares commented.

“I think when the time is right and the opportunity presents itself, we’ll make the decision.”

Aldo is currently lined up to face fellow striker Mark Hominick at UFC 129, but if the Brazilian’s last few performances are any indicator he’s well on his way to being regarded as one of the top champions in all of MMA.

Aldo has a lot of goals to achieve, but his career is young and his management doesn’t want to push him along too fast and ruin something that is potentially great. Down the road however, Aldo’s future may very well be as a lightweight.

“If he keeps performing and keeps putting on the types of performances that he has put on, I do believe that we will see Jose Aldo at lightweight,” Soares said in closing.

The Nova Uniao product will train in Brazil as he readies for his official UFC debut in April in Toronto.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Chael Sonnen: I love the entertainment value of Conor McGregor, but Jose Aldo runs through him

  • 26 days ago
  • 230 views

Chael Sonnen doesn't think Conor McGregor will have much of a chance against Jose Aldo. Conor McGregor is brash, charismatic and he speaks his mind, and this is why he has been likened to Chael Sonne read news >>

UFC names United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as independent administrator for new drug-testing policy.

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

The fun begins July 1, 2015. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today (Weds., June 3, 2015) held a special media press conference to announce its partnership with the United States Anti-Doping Agen read news >>

Live stream: UFC press conference video feat. new drug-testing program, athlete marketing and development

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a special press conference today (Weds., June 3, 2015) in conjunction with its annual fighter summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, to unveil its new and improve read news >>

In addition to USADA drug testing, UFC to unveil multimillion-dollar health program

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

LAS VEGAS – It’s not just a more comprehensive drug-testing program that UFC officials will unveil today during a press conference in Las Vegas.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Watch today's press conference about UFC's new drug-testing program at 2 p.m. ET

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

Watch a live stream of today’s press conference about the UFC’s new drug-testing program on MMAjunkie beginning at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Paige VanZant Says Strawweights are UFC Women’s Deepest Weight Class

  • 27 days ago
  • 35 views

UFC strawweight star Paige VanZant believes that the women's 115-pound division is the deepest women's weight class. read news >>

Matt Mitrione: Jose Aldo has ‘huge stones’ for speaking out about Reebok deal

  • 27 days ago
  • 318 views

In the ever-shifting land of UFC heavyweights, Matt Mitrione could make some serious headway on Saturday with a victory over Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans. So why would the 36-yea read news >>

UFC Champ Jose Aldo Not a Fan of the UFC-Reebok Deal, Calls for a Fighter Union

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

Add Jose Aldo to the list of those who have spoken out against the new UFC-Reebok Deal that is expected to go into effect this July. The UFC featherweight champion opened up to Combate (h/t Bloody El read news >>

Jose Aldo: UFC-Reebok deal is s--t, wouldn't happen if MMA had a fighters' union

  • 28 days ago
  • 60 views

I'd reckon a number of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are hesitant to speak up and critique the new sponsorship deal between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Reebok, in fear of retaliatory read news >>

Morning Report: Jose Aldo calls for a fighters' union with athletes 'losing a lot' due to UFC's Reebok deal

  • 28 days ago
  • 43 views

"First of all, it's s**t." Well, go ahead and add UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo to the list of fighters voicing disdain for the promotion's sponsorship and uniform agreement with Reebok. Speak read news >>