After his win over Kenny Florian this past October, UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo was asked about the possibility of a fight against lightweight title-holder Frankie Edgar. His response involved a willingness to face Edgar but only if “The Answer” came down in weight, deferring to his head trainer at Nova Uniao, Andre Pederneiras, as having final say on if/when he’ll move up to 155 pounds. While Pederneiras was adamantly opposed to his star pupil changing divisions at the time it now appears his stance has softened some, leaving the door open for a legitimate super-fight at some point in 2012.
“If it depends on me, it won’t happen. Unless he leaves the team to train somewhere else and someone agrees with that, because I will not,” said Pederneiras in a conversation with Sherdog before adding a caveat, saying, “It won’t happen for now, unless he goes straight for a title shot. Not, ‘Oh no, he left the featherweight belt, moved up to lightweight and started from the beginning.’ No way.”
While Edgar will defend his title against Ben Henderson at UFC 144 no clear-cut contender has emerged for the winner the face. UFC President Dana White has also expressed his openness to the idea of Aldo heading up to lightweight if he wants to though he’s stopped short of guaranteeing an immediate title-shot.
Aldo holds an overall record of 21-1 and is on the cusp of eliminating all legitimate opposition at 145 pounds after knocking out previously unbeaten Chad Mendes in the first round of their headlining bout at UFC 142. Other notable opponents he’s taken out in dominant fashion include Florian, Mark Hominick, Mike Brown, and Urijah Faber.
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