UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo seems to be focusing on more things than just his future opponent, Kenny Florian.
Aldo, who is expected to make his next title defense against Florian, told Sherdog.com that he is interested in transitioning to the bantamweight or lightweight division, in hopes of competing in a super-fight against either Frankie Edgar or Dominick Cruz. An option he would be willing to consider, Aldo said the decision is not entirely up to him.
“My coach, Andre Pederneiras, and managers Ed Soares and ‘Joinha’ [Jorge Guimaraes] are also involved, so it has to come from them, as well as from [UFC President] Dana White and [matchmaker] Joe Silva," Aldo said.
Not only is the 145-pound champion eager to make a move to another division, he admitted that he is also a fan of super-fights. He expressed his interest in seeing such fights as Anderson Silva versus Jon Jones and Anderson Silva versus Georges St-Pierre.
“I’m in favor of that because I think the promotion, the public and the media would gain a lot with [super-fights],” he said.
"If people could find a way to make that, to get a consensus, I think there’s a place for that in the UFC."
But before he can commit to potentially moving to another division, Aldo said his main priority is training and preparing for Florian. Florian defeated Diego Nunes at UFC 131 to earn the opportunity to face the Brazilian. While a date has not been formally announced, it is expected they will collide in the near future.
“I’m just waiting on the date [to face Florian], I returned to my training routines after a good period of rest, and I’m getting back into shape with boxing, jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai," he said.