The WEC’s featherweight champion, and now be default the UFC’s first 145lb title holder Jose Aldo has revealed he anticipates making his debut in March.
Aldo, widely regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world had originally been scheduled to fight on the co-main event of UFC 125 on New Years Day, but a back injury forced out to sit it out.
“I was supposed to do my first belt defense, but unfortunately I couldn’t do it, but I believe that within a month I’ll be 100%,” Aldo tells TATAME. “I believe that in March I’ll be ready to defend my belt for the first time, but I’m still only doing physiotherapy.”
It’ll be interesting to see what the UFC have in store for him now, both in terms of the event they place him on, and who they choose as his opponent.
Event wise March is currently home to UFC On Versus 3: Sanchez Vs Kampmann, UFC 128: Shogun Vs Evans and UFC Fight Night 24: Ortiz Vs Lil Nog.
While he’d be a welcome addition to any of those cards, I’d actually like to see him held back for for UFC 129 in Toronto since that’s been touted as a potentially record breaking event for the promotion, with plans to pack between 25,000 – 40,000 fans into the Rogers Center.
At the moment Georges St.Pierre Vs Jake Shields and Lyoto Machida Vs Randy Couture are the marquee bouts, but for an event of this magnitude a third major fight is in order, and Aldo’s first title defense fits the bill.
The UFC face more of a challenge in choosing his opponent. The original plan was to have him fight Josh Grispi, but his ten fight winning streak has since been derailed at the UFC 125 event by Dustin Poirier.
I’d suggest that Mark Hominick, currently on a four fight winning streak and showing good form is a likely candidate, but he’ll have to successfully negotiate past George Roop at UFC Fight Night 23 and emerge unscathed in order to be considered.