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Jose Aldo Says Edgar Fight Will Tell Him if He’s Ready For Lightweight

(One of these men is a bantamweight, the other is a lightweight. They will fight at featherweight Feb. 2nd)

We were already plenty excited for former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar‘s challenge of featherweight king Jose Aldo — which will finally take place February 2nd at UFC 156 — but it turns out the stakes are larger than we thought. Aldo says that if he beats Edgar he will know he’s ready to move up to 155 pounds and challenge for that belt.

Edgar is trying to see if his speed will translate at featherweight and bring him more gold. Aldo is similarly using the fight as a litmus test for his readiness to take on the lightweights of the world. MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle has the report.

“I’ve considered going to lightweight,” said Aldo. “As soon as my trainer decides that I can go up, then I will. This fight with Edgar will be a turning point. If I can win [against] him well, then I can prove that I can go [to 155 pounds].”

Aldo, who is one of only four Zuffa champions to have held a world title for three consecutive years (Tito Ortiz, Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva being the other three), has said for some time that it is difficult for him to make the 145-pound featherweight limit. He’s already cleaned out his division and says that Edgar might just be his final challenge at that weight class.

“He has a very strong reputation thanks to destroying several opponents,” Aldo credited Edgar. “That’s the motivation for me to face him and that will be probably my last biggest challenge [at 145 pounds].”

Check out the rest of Doyle’s story to read Aldo’s description of the motorcycle accident that put him out of action for the past few months and more.

Do you think Aldo can take out Edgar, who lost his title in a close bout to Benson Henderson, followed by an equally close rematch loss? If so, do you think Aldo would have a good shot at taking out the Hendersons of the lightweight division?

- Elias Cepeda

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SpiderLee- November 29, 2012 at 9:35 am
Aldo's takedown D and leg kicks makes him just about unstopable, also the speed advantage he would have at 155 and finally if u run into one of those muay thai knees gameover!

matchups Aldo vs Barboza would be a beast striking bout, Aldo vs Petis, and Diaz or Hendo 4 the belt. If he cleans out the most stacked div 155, we r talking new p4p king when silva retires.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm
No offense to Edgar but I hope he gets his head kneed into the second row by the old Jose Aldo Jr.
algiersheadkick504- November 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm
Diaz vs aldo would be fantastic
Fried Taco- November 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm
Well, he certainly stands a chance to get a decision win over Nate Diaz. I mean, with how close Brazil and the USA are and everything. I hear GWB loves to samba.