Not long after Jose Aldo had dispatched of the latest challenger to his featherweight throne, this time in the form of a fourth round TKO stoppage of Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie" last night (Sat., Aug. 3, 2013) at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the UFC Twitter account sent out the following:
So... who do you want to see fight @josealdojunior next?— UFC (@ufc) August 4, 2013
Simple enough question, no?
Not so fast.
You see, champions defending their titles within their own weight class has become, as Metallica would put it, "stock." No one seems to care about seeing this happen, perhaps because fans have been teased time and again by the movers and the shakers that one day soon we'll get to see a true super fight.
That doesn't mean it couldn't. Sure, Anderson Silva got knocked out by Chris Weidman, eliminating a lot of interesting possibilities on that front, but there are still some big time bouts to be made, and Aldo might be a part of them.
When asked about the potential of moving up to 155-pounds for his next go round inside the Octagon, here's what old "Scarface" had to say:
"I don't know. I would love it, but it's up to Joe Silva. But, if I was given the opportunity, I would go there and fight. Yes!"
No matter the outcome of the Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis lightweight title fight scheduled for UFC 164 on Aug. 31, a showdown between the winner and Aldo is intriguing, or at least a fat more interesting prospect than Aldo against anyone in his current weight class.
Then again, Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva was basically a done deal at one point, or at least that's what we were led to believe, and that didn't happen.
So, as UFC President Dana White is always so fond of saying, we'll see what happens.