Although Jose Aldo was willing to move to lightweight to battle Anthony Pettis, after the newly crowned champ called him out following UFC 164, the latter is booked to fight Josh Thomson on December 14th. In addition, Aldo’s manager Andre Pederneiras, as well as Dana White, have apparently relayed to Aldo that he’ll remain at 145 for now.
So who will the featherweight champ fight next? Recently Aldo said he believes Ricardo Lamas is next in line (and Cub Swanson after that), and “The Bully’s” coach Daniel Valverde doesn’t disagree (comments via MMA Fighting.com).
“We are waiting for a title fight,” Valverde said. “Ricardo is the only option to fight Aldo now. Chad Mendes already fought him and lost, and already has a fight coming up (vs. Nik Lentz, at UFC on FOX 9). The other option would be Cub Swanson, but Ricardo submitted him three fights ago. I believe Ricardo is the only option to fight for the title right now.”
“He’s in Chicago, but he’s coming to Miami now to start training,” he said. “We hope he fights Jose Aldo in February, but there’s nothing official yet. That’s what we expect. If this fight is really going to happen, it will probably happen in February.”
Unless something unexpected goes down in the coming months, or Aldo isn’t ready to go in early 2014, then Lamas could be tapped to fight for the belt next. The 31 year-old has won four straight fights, but his last win took place in January, when he took out Erik Koch.
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