Top 5 Featherweights We Want to See Jose Aldo Fight

Andrew MahlmannCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2012

Top 5 Featherweights We Want to See Jose Aldo Fight

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    Jose Aldo has been so dominant at featherweight that there are those out there who have already been clamoring for him to make a divisional jump.  By successfully defending his title multiple times, who would not be interested in Aldo taking trans-divisional superfights against other stars?

    The better question, however, is has he really cleaned out his division already?  

    The answer is no.  Contenders could get knocked off at any time, but if you are looking at the division as a whole, there are sill some very compelling matchups for him against rising stars.

    Up next, Aldo takes on fellow striking specialist Erik Koch at UFC 153 in Brazil. Koch presents some interesting challenges of his own by fighting fire with fire, and even if Aldo triumphs again, there is plenty of hungry talent banging at the door...

Honorable Mention

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    Cub Swanson

    Dustin Poirier

    Hatsu Hioki

    Jonathan Brookins

    Dennis Siver

    Diego Nunes

5. Ricardo Lamas

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    Since moving down to featherweight, Lamas has earned a first-round TKO, submitted fellow top contender Cub Swanson and upset the heavily favored Japanese standout Hatsu Hioki.

    Well-rounded and now coming into his own at featherweight, Lamas proved he is a legitimate threat to anyone in the division.

    Armed with solid wrestling, crisp powerful striking and a dangerous submission game, Lamas could move further up this list if he can continue to top fellow contenders.

4. Jimmy Hettes

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    Undefeated 25-year-old Hettes has started raising a lot of eyebrows.  Specifically people sat up and noticed when he absolutely dominated respected veteran and BJJ black belt Nam Phan.

    By all rights, Hettes appears to be a little bit of a grappling prodigy.  If he continues to progress, Hettes, at his young age, could be a tremendous threat to Aldo with his diametrically opposed skill set and fighting style.

3. Charles Oliveira

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    Oliveira exploded onto the UFC scene with impressive wins over Darren Elkins and Efrain Escudero.  

    He was almost immediately brought back down to earth with a no contest sandwiched between losses to top contenders Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone.

    Deciding to drop a weight class after his misfortunes, Oliveira has returned to the form that had many tabbing him as a future champion, especially in taking out durable contender Jonathan Brookins.

    The dynamic striker and submission specialist is the youngest fighter on this list at 22, but already has the big-fight experience of a title challenger.

2. Chan Sung Jung

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    The "Korean Zombie" immediately made a splash back in the WEC as an exciting prospect but it was after his UFC debut that the Zombie became truly possessed as a title contender.

    He has finished each of his three UFC fights, with each one being exciting and impressive against established well-ranked fighters.

    The Korean Zombie continues to improve and to impress, and with his dramatic fourth-round finish against Dustin Poirier in their headlining bout at UFC on Fuel 3, Jung has made his case as a title contender.

1. Frankie Edgar

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    Many thought Frankie Edgar had reclaimed his UFC lightweight title in the rematch against Benson Henderson at UFC 144, but the split decision did not go his way and the UFC would not grant him a rematch.

    Now, the man who had been the lightweight champion for most of the past two-and-a-half years has finally decided to move down to featherweight.  It's a division long speculated as much more natural for the undersized lightweight star.

    Aldo has the skills to beat any featherweight and has the championship experience, but only Edgar has the speed, precision, and championship victories to match.  Judging by Edgar's last fight, the 30-year old blue-collar hero from New Jersey has more than enough fight left in him.