There’s been tons of talk about the possibility of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo beefing up to fight at 155 pounds, but it turns out the 26-year old Brazilian also believes he could go the other direction to compete as a bantamweight under the right circumstances. Though it’s unlikely to occur anytime soon, especially with teammate Renan Barao holding the division’s interim title, Aldo’s interest in a bantamweight bout pertains to his desire to exit MMA as one of the best the sport has ever seen.
“I have made that weight once, and it has been a dream of mine to win three titles,” explained Aldo to MMAJunkie. “Nobody has beaten that record yet. Andre knows that’s a dream of mine, but he controls my career, so it all depends. Someday I hope to achieve that. I’d like to make history.”
“For a fight for the title, I could make 135 pounds. I’m not saying it would be easy. It would be difficult, but I think I could do it,” he concluded.
As far as a future at 155, Aldo expressed his desire to follow the lead of pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva with an added twist involving a pair of titles rather than the single strap.
“Athletes and fighters always dream of fighting one category above, and I believe that I can do that. I would like to. That’s one of my goals. … I would like to do much as Anderson Silva has done,” stated Aldo. “I would like to go up and fight for the championship, obtain the championship and then go back to my category. If I’m able to keep both, I would try that. However, if not, I would like to fight for a title in the category above and then come back to mine.”
The next step in Aldo’s career, regardless of what weight-class he calls home in the future, will come on February 2 when puts his gold up for grabs against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. If successful the victory would be Aldo’s sixth successful defense of his belt.
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