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Photo of Jose Aldo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting
Photo of Jose Aldo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Don't be surprised to see a bunch of 155-pounders looking over their shoulders.

That's because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) reigning featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, has no problem with the idea of moving up in weight to challenge the best the promotion's lightweight division has to offer.

So long as that's what UFC President Dana White, along with matchmaker Joe Silva and coach Andre Pederneiras, decide is best for the young Brazilian's career.

Aldo (21-1) is the winner of 14 straight, including a technical knockout (TKO) win over Chad Mendes at the UFC 142 pay-per-view event earlier this year in Rio. His domincance at 145 pounds has drawn comparisons to Anderson Silva, who's ruled the middleweight roost for what seems like an eternity.

Hear what "Junior" had to say about that comparison (via, as well as a potential change in weight, after the jump.

"Anderson’s the man, an example of a great champ. Everybody dreams about being like him. And I don’t see myself as someone like him. I still got a lot to do, I have to work a lot to become known like Anderson Silva is. [Lightweight] was a big chance once (rumor), but now I’m focused on my division. Andre (Pederneiras) is the one to make this call, him along with Dana White and Joe Silva. If they think it’s best for me to fight on the lightweight division, I will. Otherwise, I will keep fighting here, where I’m the champion.

Talk of moving up in weight may be premature, considering Aldo still has work to do in the featherweight division.

Hoping to play spoiler is the once-beaten Erik Koch, who will challenge for the title in hostile territory when he goes to war against "Scarface" at the UFC 153 PPV event on Oct. 13, 2012 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

And if "New Breed" should fall?

I wouldn't trade places with this lightweight fighter for all the boardwalks in Jersey.