Now that the UFC has confirmed that newly crowned lightweight champ Anthony Pettis will fight TJ Grant in his first title defence, discussion regarding Jose Aldo has turned to who the featherweight king will throw down with next. Since Aldo broke his foot during his fourth round, stoppage win over Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163, and will be out until next year, the UFC hasn’t confirmed who’s next for the renowned champion.
While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, however, Aldo shared his thoughts on who he believes should fight for the belt when he returns. The 27 year-old stated:
“I’m not the one who decides that, but in my mind I believe Ricardo Lamas is the next in line,” Aldo said. “He already earned his chance. If it’s not him, I believe Cub Swanson should be the next option.”
Based off what Lamas did to Erik Koch in last outing, and his four fight win streak, it’s hard to argue “The Bully” isn’t deserving of the opportunity. Aldo also added that if he were Lamas, he would wait to face the champion and not fight in the interim, since he’s already been passed over for a title shot in the past. And what about Chad Mendes? Who has bombed out four straight opponents since being KO’d by Aldo last January?
“Chad Mendes is still starting, haven’t fought anyone ranked yet, only fought guys that are not that good,” Aldo said. “He’s coming off good wins, but he hasn’t beaten good guys. So I believe the next two should be Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson.”
Clay Guida and Darren Elkins aren’t “good guys” huh? Interesting. One would think that as soon as the UFC gets a better sense of when Aldo can fight again, they’ll move forward. Lamas-Swanson would be a nice fight to catch in the meantime though no?
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