October 15, 2010

Jose Aldo, WEC 51

Jose Aldo at WEC 51

When Jose Aldo knocked out Manny Gamburyan last month to defend his WEC featherweight title for the second time, the talk started immediately about where he ranked in the world as far as the best pound-for-pound fighters go, and also how much longer he would be sticking around at 145lbs.

It seems Aldo’s stay at featherweight may be coming to a closer sooner rather than later.

The Brazilian has stated in the past that he’s interested in going to 155lbs eventually, and according to UFC president Dana White, that’s a distinct possibility.

“From what I’m hearing, Jose Aldo’s interested in testing himself at 155lbs. So probably very soon,” White answered when asked when the WEC champ might move to the UFC.

Aldo has been an absolute wrecking machine since debuting in the WEC in 2008. With 8 wins in a row in the promotion, including 7 by stoppage, Aldo has become of the top fighters in the sport, but he may soon have a whole new challenge if he moves on to face the best of the best at 155lbs in the UFC.

Aldo may not be the only WEC fighter making a transition to the UFC at 155lbs, as White also mentioned that there things in the works that could see the rest of the lightweights form Zuffa’s sister organization finally make the move to the Octagon.

“We’re working on a lot of things right now we’ll be announcing in the next couple of months,” White commented.

Currently, WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson is about to defend his belt against top contender Anthony Pettis in December. The WEC has long been working on a plan to develop a 125lb flyweight division, and if that coincides with what White is talking about, it could mean the lightweights making the move to the UFC.

White admits that he’s intrigued to see the potential match-ups between the best at 155lbs in the WEC and the best at 155lbs in the UFC.

“There’s some interesting fights with those guys so we’re working on putting those together,” White said.

The subject of the WEC lightweights moving to the UFC is nothing new, but signs are starting to point more and more of the plan becoming reality sometime soon.