Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Jose Aldo successfully defended his 145-pound title for the third consecutive time by defeating Chad Mendes in the first round at UFC 142 on Jan. 14, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"It won't happen for now, unless he goes straight for a title shot. Not, "Oh no, he left the featherweight belt, moved up to lightweight and started from the beginning,' no way."
-- Andre Pederneiras, the trainer for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and the leader of Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) team, Nova Uniao, talks to Sherdog.com about a possible move to the lightweight ranks for the scrappy Brazilian. After two consecutive decision victories in the UFC, Aldo returned to his dominant ways not seen since his days competing under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner, disposing of previously unbeaten wrestling powerhouse Chad Mendes at UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" this past weekend (Jan. 14, 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With one second remaining in the first round, "Scarface" turned out "Money's" lights with a perfectly-placed knee strike to the face followed by a couple blows on the ground, which forced the referee to step in and stop the fight. The win marked his fourteenth straight and made it 21 out of 22 overall in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. After Aldos' dominant win in Rio, the move up to a more talent rich lightweight division may be inevitable. With close to 50 featherweights currently on the UFC's roster, there is no shortage of opponents for the 145-pound king, however, are there any worthy title challengers at the moment for one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world? And If so, who?