Aldo will defend his title again soon, barring a serious injury. Chad Mendes could be the man that will be next for Aldo.
The two were expected to meet at UFC 133, but due to injury, Aldo had to pull out and instead faced Florian two months after Mendes beat Rani Yahya at UFC 133 in August.
Mendes is either the No. 2 or No. 3-ranked featherweight, depending on where you look. The UFC just recently signed the other top-three featherweight, Hatsu Hioki, who will be facing George Roop at UFC 137 later this month.
It could come down to either Hioki or Mendes, but in the end I think Mendes could be the next in line.
Mendes has incredible take-down ability, and could hold Aldo on the ground long enough to beat him.
Even Hioki could do it. Hioki—like Aldo—is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, and could possibly pose trouble for the four-time WEC and UFC featherweight champion, Aldo.
Either way, I think both fighters have the ground game to pose trouble for the deadly striker, Aldo. With Hioki, although the timing for his fight and Aldo's fight with Florian match up perfectly if they want to fight, I think Hioki might fight once or twice more before earning his title shot.
Mendes though; would he be willing to sit on the shelf a tiny bit longer to finally get his UFC title shot?
We'll find out soon enough.
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