Aldo still has a few fighters on tap if he wants to officially clean the featherweight division out, but the 145-pound champion is getting older and is putting a lot of stress on his body by continually cutting the amount of weight he does to defend his belt. Tragically, Nova Uniao saw one of their fighters pass away this week before an event under similar circumstances, and though there’s no reason to believe Aldo is in danger there’s certainly no reason to take unnecessary risk either. “Scarface” has said he’d move up to 155 pounds when his coaches tell him it’s time. He has little else to prove in his current divisional pool. Why not take a dip in a new one?
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida’s decision to shed some pounds and compete as a middleweight sent ripples through the MMA world, giving fans and media members something new to salivate over. After all, with “The Dragon” being one of the brightest 205ers in the sport, the thought of him mixing it up against similar-sized, highly-skilled opponents is absolutely intriguing. Machida wasn’t the first UFC fighter to move divisions in hopes of finding additional success and he won’t be the last. In fact, expect a few of his notable peers to follow suit in the next twelve months. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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