If Anderson Silva was able to put his title on hold and move up a weight class to jack a few jaws in between fights, then there's really no reason why fellow Brazilian Jose Aldo can't do likewise.
Aldo (23-1) has yet to taste defeat inside the Octagon and aside from a late rally by Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in Toronto, "Junior" has never really looked like he was in any kind of trouble in each of his featherweight title defenses.
In fact, he looks kinda bored.
That's probably why he was on board for an Anthony Pettis "super fight," which unfortunately was canceled when "Showtime" blew out his knee. Still, "Scarface" tells MMA Fighting a champion vs. champion contest is not off the table.
Not by a long shot.
"People will never forget this idea. I was pissed with that in the past, and then I fought Edgar and proved that I could do good fights (at 155). We'll see what happens. I still have many goals to accomplish. One day I'll fight at 155. We always train with heavier sparring partners to make it harder, so the fight will be easier. It would be normal for me (to fight at 155). We create difficulties in training so we never think it's easy."
It's not easy ... it just looks that way.
Aldo got a taste of what 155 pounds has to offer when former lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar went on a diet and challenged the Brazilian at UFC 156. Unfortunately, the debuting featherweight didn't have "The Answer" to the champion's questions and returned home empty handed.
"Junior," meanwhile, moved on to bury "The Korean Zombie" en route to a UFC 169 title fight opposite Ricardo Lamas. And you can bet a win over "The Bully" will have him eyeing greener pastures in the lightweight division.
Who wants it?