Should Jose Aldo Make The Jump To Lightweight?
By Kieran Cobley
Earlier this week, former UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo told the press that he would like to make the jump to Lightweight.
This of course came as a huge shock to the media and fans alike, as Aldo is one of the most dominant Featherweights’ of all time, with a record of 27-4, and went undefeated between 2006 and 2014, becoming the inaugural UFC featherweight champion in the process.
Since 2014 it hasn’t been plain sailing for Aldo, with a 13 second KO loss to McGregor where he lost his title, and then after he put himself back into the title picture by beating Frankie Edgar, he suffered consecutive losses to Max Holloway, and he has only just bounced back from this with a TKO over Jeremy Stephens.
Not only this, but can Aldo’s body keep making the cut to 145lbs, at the age of 31, this might be taking its toll on Aldo and fighting at a 155lbs might be the solution to this problem.
These are two probable reasons for Aldo’s decision, that and the fact the Featherweight division has almost come to a halt while Holloway recovers from medical issues and Brian Ortega, who is the number one contender, refuses to fight for an interim belt.
But, one has to think, what can Aldo achieve by going to lightweight?
The Lightweight division is currently the most stacked division in the UFC with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, Kevin Lee, Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, Anthony Pettis, just to name a few, and Aldo would need four or five big wins to break into the top five of the division.
Not only this but if McGregor takes the title from Khabib at UFC 229, will Aldo get anywhere near a title fight with the man who KO’d him in 13 seconds?
This really puts Aldo in between a rock and a hard place, with the Featherweight division almost completely stalling, and with the likes of Zabit Magomedsharipov and Yair Rodriguez climbing the rankings, Aldo may be shuffled even further down the order, and at Lightweight, the division is so stacked, Aldo would really struggle to make his place.
In my humble opinion I believe that Aldo should just stick at Featherweight, and keep beating fighters until he can get back into the title picture, which cold be a reality depending on the outcome of Ortega versus Holloway.
If Aldo is serious bout making the jump to Lightweight, the only way I see him having any success is by jumping to Bellator and climbing the rankings under the Scott Coker controlled promotion.
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