Esther Lin for MMAFighting.com
Frankie Edgar made the drop down to 145 pounds to challenge division kingpin Jose Aldo at UFC 156; however, their title fight on Super Bowl weekend 2013 will also prove to 'Scarface' whether or not he can hang with the best the UFC's lightweight division has to offer in the future.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo still has plenty of challenges left in the 145-pound weight class, yet, that hasn't stopped "Scarface" from contemplating a future jump up to the lightweight division.
The Brazilian is undefeated (21-0) at 145 pounds, carving a swath of destruction in both the UFC and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization. Ironically enough, his lone blemish on his otherwise mint record is a loss to fellow countrymen, Luciano Azevedo, at 155 pounds seven years ago.
Nevertheless, Aldo is confident he can compete with the best fighters in the lightweight division right now. And when he steps into the Octagon on Feb. 2, 2013, to face former lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar in the UFC 156 main event, he will look for a win to not only retain his 145-pound title, but also to "prove" to himself he can compete with the top-level fighters at 155 pounds.
MMA Fighting has the word:
"I've considered going to lightweight. 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 lightweight].He has a very strong reputation thanks to destroying several opponents. That's the motivation for me to face him and that will be probably my last biggest challenge [at featherweight]."
Should Aldo get past "The Answer" in Las Vegas, Nevada, the potential jump up weight probably won't happen right away. After all, there are still plenty of worthy contenders at featherweight such as Chan Sung Jung and Erik Koch, both of whom would love their chance at dethroning Aldo before he bolts.
How about it Maniacs, can Aldo follow in the footsteps of Randy Couture and B.J. Penn, dominating two different weight classes in the UFC? Or will Edgar be the one joining that elite mixed martial arts (MMA) fraternity on Super Bowl weekend?