Jose Aldo (21-1) apparently would like to be the owner of more than one UFC title. The current featherweight champion has been debating a drop to bantamweight or to move up as a lightweight. First, Aldo must tangle with former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (14-3-1).
"Once I beat Frankie Edgar, I'm sure that I can prove that I can fight one notch above," said Aldo to MMA Junkie.
Earlier in the week, Aldo's coach Andre Pederneiras stated that he expected the featherweight champion to move up to lightweight in about a year. Pederneiras said that cutting weight had become more of an issue for Aldo as he gets older. Aldo appears ready for the shift in weight classes now, but does what his coach thinks is best.
"Certainly I believe that I'm ready, but [Pederneiras] believes that I'm still too young and so he's keeping me back," said Aldo. "But I think I'm fully capable of fighting one category above."
Aldo returns to action in about five weeks after injuring himself in a motorcycle accident over the fall. That injury cancelled his original meeting with Edgar at UFC 153.
The fight has been rescheduled to February 2, where Aldo will look for his fourth UFC title defense. They meet at UFC 156 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.
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