No way Jose!
Did you know that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is facing UFC veteran Kenny Florian this Saturday (Oct.8) at UFC 136 to defend his UFC featherweight champion? or has the lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard stolen the hoopla?
Did you know that Aldo is 19-1, undefeated for 12 fights,a top 'pound fo pound' lister and is one of the sports best kept secrets? Facts are facts and you can't argue these facts.
The questions remains-Why hasn't Jose Aldo headlined an event under the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) banner?
Let's examine what Jose Aldo means to the fight game as it is now and maybe why 'Scarface' hasn't been given 'Anderson Silva money' or main event status
At one time Jose Aldo was only a decorated Brazilian jui jitsu black belt and not known for his striking skills. In his first five professional bouts, Aldo held 4 wins by strikes and only 1 by actual submission. The rabbit was out the bag and Aldo was a legit threat on his feet.
Fast forward to the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) debut at WEC 34: 'Faber vs. Pulver' in 2008 and Aldo continued his battering of opponents. He had wins a mix of TKO's and Ko's over the likes of Alexandre Nogueira, TUF winner Johnathan Brookins and Cub Swanson(ANS). He beat the holy hell out of everybody like they owed him money.
Time to shine.
November 18, 2009 was the biggest opportunity for Aldo to start cementing his position in mixed martial arts. He was set to face reigning WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown who has just beat Urijah Faber two times in a row. The wrestling pedigree was surely in the favor of Brown but when you are as fast and dangerous as Aldo was, it didn't;t matter.
Aldo would batter the much slower Brown at every exchange and just fustrating the champion. Brown survived his first round drubbing and at the end looked defeated before coming for the second round. It was a walk Brown wouldn't wanna make because Aldo didn't let up, he continued his assault. He would end Brown's short lived reign in fashion by TKO'ing the American Top Team product down.
Jose Aldo was the new UFC featherweight champion and being champion meant big fights. He was getting the WEC red-carpet treatment when he would defend his strap versus WEC poster-boy Urijah Faber. The pressure was on because this was the first ever WEC pay per view event. UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg were brought into the event.
The main event didn't disappoint anyone as Jose Aldo battered Faber's legs without mercy. The crowd got a five round title fight and showed that Faber was tough but Aldo was better. The beating from Aldo helped make Faber's choice to drop to Bantamweight a little easier. The pay per view did okay numbers for a brand that hosted free shows, 175,00 buyrates to be exact.
Aldo would have one last fight under the WEC banner as he would easily smash TUF alum Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51. Aldo's speed and accuracy destroyed 'Manvel' and his power shots. Aldo made his mark in the WEC but he had been drafted to the big leagues, the UFC.
Aldo was set to face Josh Grispi, a relative unknown in the co-main event of UFC 125. alongside the rematch Maynard-Edgar for Edgar's lightweight title. Grispi got hurt and no suitable replacement was put in. Aldo would eventually defend his strap against Canadian slugger Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in Toronto, Ontario. In front of 55,000 MMA fans Aldo and Hominick had a classic fight. Aldo would score the decision but Hominick scored the fan support for his heart.
Were 24 hours from UFC 136 and once again Jose Aldo is still not main event yet. He hasn't lost in 12 fights and is a human highlight reel. His WEC champion counterpart Dominick Cruz has headlined a pay per view and a television event. In my opinion Cruz is the bigger name of the two at this but why?
Jose Aldo is not fluent in English and he also fights in a thin division. Now i know many of you will argue the featherweight division being a very strong division but let's look at facts-Kenny Florian dropped a weight class and fought once to earn his shot. He beat a very game fighter in Diego Nunes but the fight didn't make you believe that 'Kenflo' was the man to dethrone Aldo. I think Florian is a good fighter but to drop a weight class and win once to earn a shot speaks about the division's depth.
I havent' even seen much hype or attention be given to Jose Aldo let alone highly publicized fights. The UFC needs to really make Aldo one of it's stars like it has with Jon Jones, Cain Velasquez and Frankie Edgar. Aldo is one of the best finishers in the game and his war with Hominick should have bosted his worth even more.
In a sad realization i think Aldo's best move is to move up to the shark infest division of 155 pounds. I don't see Frankie Edgar moving down to 145 pounds even with a loss at UFC 136 and the bigger names lie in the 155 division anyways. Match ups with Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis, Frankie Edgar and Nate Diaz to name just a small few.
So Maniac's whatcha all think, is Jose Aldo getting unfair representation?