Jose Aldo Says Moves to Lightweight and Bantamweight Are Both Possible
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.25.2012
He wants to win three titles...
Jose Aldo recently spoke with MMAjunkie about potential moves to bantamweight and lightweight, plus more. Check out the highlights:
On a potential move to lightweight: "It all depends on this fight. My trainer, 'Dede,' thinks I'm not quite ready. When he thinks I'm ready to go up, I fully intend to go up. Once I beat Frankie Edgar, I'm sure that I can prove that I can fight one notch above. Certainly I believe that I'm ready, but 'Dede' believes that I'm still too young, and so he's keeping me back. But I think I'm fully capable of fighting one category above."
On his weight: "It's interesting because when I started, I used to weigh 62 kilos [137 pounds]. As time went on, now I'm at 78 kilos [172 pounds]. When you have a fight, you make the weight. However, it always goes back to a little above where it was before."
On potentially moving back to featherweight down the line if he were to go to lightweight: "I see no problem at all (in coming back to featherweight). As a matter of fact, it's never been a problem to maintain my weight. I've been maintaining my weight for quite some time, so I would like to fight at a higher category while maintaining my current weight. Athletes and fighters always dream of fighting one category above, and I believe that I can do that. I would like to. That's one of my goals. … I would like to do much as Anderson Silva has done. I would like to go up and fight for the championship, obtain the championship and then go back to my category. If I'm able to keep both, I would try that. However, if not, I would like to fight for a title in the category above and then come back to mine."
On a potential move to bantamweight: "I have made that weight once, and it has been a dream of mine to win three title. Nobody has beaten that record yet. Andre knows that's a dream of mine, but he controls my career, so it all depends. Someday I hope to achieve that. I'd like to make history. For a fight for the title, I could make 135 pounds. I'm not saying it would be easy. It would be difficult, but I think I could do it."
On teammate Renan Barao's quest for the bantamweight title: "I'd be very happy for him. We've been teammates for a long time. He's already interim champion. He's very close to it. I'm happy for Barao. I hope that he achieves the title, and that will be achieving one of our team's goals."
On the two weight class changes: "I think that they're both great challenges. I think 135 is already a great challenge. I believe that losing the weight would be a greater challenge, but 155 would still be a great challenge. I could still make the weight, but the other guy would be stronger, so both are great challenges."
On his future: "I believe that there is a lot to be done. One of my dreams was to be a champion, and I am. I have achieved that. There is a lot still that can be achieved. I think that this upcoming fight is a superfight against Frankie Edgar. I think it's going to be great, but I have even more dreams."