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Jose Aldo Turned Down a UFC Lightweight Bout With Kenny Florian in December

(Well that explains why he’s so vicious. Apparently Dede keeps Aldo chained up in the basement and feeds him nothing but raw meat between fights.)

Jose Aldo revealed to Tatame today that he turned down the opportunity to move up a weight class to take on UFC lightweight Kenny Florian in December.

According to Aldo, who has fought as a lightweight before, after talking it over with his managers, Ed Soares and Joinha and his coach, Andre Pederneiras they came to the conclusion that the timing wasn’t right for him to make the move up to 155, partially because it takes time to put on the mass required to move up a weight class and also because he doesn’t want to have to fight any of his Nova Uniao teammates.

"Actually I started in a lighter division, then changed to this one and tried the division above, but it’s up to [Andre] Dedé [Pederneiras] and he knows better," Aldo explained. "When I was fighting on the division above he thought there were many people of the gym on that division, and on my division there’s me and Marlon [Sandro] and I can play pretty hard on this one and I’m the champion, so I think it’s best for me to stay on this weight division."

Disagreeing with the assertion that he has run out of viable competition in the WEC’s featherweight division, Aldo says he still sees some challenges for himself in the Zuffa-owned promotion.

"I see some more challenges. Like I’ve said before, I’m just an employee, so I fight against whoever they tell me to. I can fight anybody, I respect all fighters, so there’re many fighters I can fight.," Aldo said. "Many people speculate about the possibility of changing divisions, but it’s up to Dedé, Joinha and Ed… Whatever they think is best for me, we’ll do."

Set to take on Mark Hominick in January at WEC 54, Aldo says he isn’t ruling out a move up to 155 in the near future.

"Well, for now I’m much focused on my belt defense, and if God helps me we’ll get a win," he explained. "But we do think about it, not only because of this fight, but also because of the previous ones and because the Americans want to see it, but it’s not up to me… If Dana wants to put me there, we’ll fight."

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BryanF- October 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Dudes, kenflo is a tough welcome wagon for anyone at 155.
Titos Head- October 20, 2010 at 9:42 am
ALDO Vs EDGAR!! Make it happen!
Kimbos Bread- October 20, 2010 at 9:38 am
Aldo is the new BJ Penn.
Fried Taco- October 20, 2010 at 9:17 am
Geez, people, he said he'll fight anybody - meaning anybody in his weight class. Asking him to move up a weight class for one fight is stupid. It may work for the heavier guys who can change their weight easier, but it's much harder for the lighter guys to jump back and forth between weight classes. They want add weight with muscle, not fat.
RaginAsian- October 20, 2010 at 12:09 am
He's defended his belt twice now. Could we please let him accomplish a little more before we try to make him move up in weight? Geez.

There's no quicker way to devalue the WEC than poaching their champion and letting the remaining 145ers fight it out for second best.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm
I wanna take this moment to say Jose Aldo is one of my heros. I also wanna take this time to say fuck the hype that Pros should have the move up in weight just because they dominate a division or change there game plan because WE the fans dislike it. It seems to me that Grapplers are frowned on a lot Unless there names are GSP. Side note I am all for WAR GSP however I am not all for the typical MMA Fanboy hypocrisy. It is fairly ridiculous and it's gotten a bit out of hand. All that aside did anyone see the bullshit Tito said about Hamill not having an equilibrium. I can't wait for Matt to drop him on his fucking neck and end his career his losing streak really has gotten kind of old he isn't even that witty in all honesty oh well sorry I had to vent.
Ballkick- October 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm
What Smitty said,....word for word.
Smitty- October 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Sorry JoseMonkey, but Kenflo would lose that fight. Aldo could beat him if he was 145, and Kenny was 155. That dude is too quick and too much for Kenny, and I'm a Kenflo fan.
JoseMonkey- October 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm
I'm with @MMAExpertNewb on this. Don't say you'll fight anyone while turning down a fight. That's just nonsensical.

And for the record: I really like Aldo, but KenFlo would whoop that ass. Period.
agentsmith- October 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm
I'd advise him to try 155 in the WEC first before trying to leap to the UFC.
BuckWild- October 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm
I don't think he is scared homie. I think it is a timing thing hjust like GSP said about him moving up to 185. He could do it easy enough but it will be hard going back down. t is hard to lose gained muscle when its your job to train and stay in shape.
Japanadian- October 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm
sounds like aldo is scared of the big show
Kid Clam Curtains- October 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm
MMAExpertNewb- October 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm
Don't say "I'll fight anyone they put in front of me" in the same conversation in which you say "I turned down a fight with so and so".

They put someone in front of you and you said no. What you should have said was "I'll fight anyone they put in front of me the particulars are to my liking".

Nothing wrong with turning down a fight of course, but try saying less stupid things and more non-stupid things.
Eyes red as Fedor- October 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm
I think that he turned this fight down because it was a big name fight and he would not have much time to add muscle for the division. I've seen multiple interviews where Jose says he would enjoy having to eat more to get bigger so its only a matter of time.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm
... but then again sometimes I wish I was intelligent.

Kenny Florian should pull a perennial contenderer and move down a class to prove he can beat up on little people.
Eyes red as Fedor- October 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm
War Joe-say!

Kenny should be really glad Jose turned that fight down. Knowing the guy has better muay thai, jiu jitsu, wrestling, and soccer skills would be pretty disheartening.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm
I wish I had something intelligent to say...
RwilsonR- October 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm
I don't blame him for not wanting to move up. Just because you are far and away the best in your division doesn't mean you should have to move to a division that is not well suited to you. The only reason I think Aldo will ultimately have to move up, where someone like GSP and Anderson don't need to if they don't want to, is that if Aldo ever hopes to make the big money he needs to be in the UFC, not the WEC. Unless Dana plans to move 145 to the UFC, Aldo will eventually need to make a move for business reasons.