Jose Aldo (18-1-0, 8-0 WEC) is one of MMA’s rising stars with many MMA analysts already touting him as a top Pound 4 Pound fighter. Aldo currently on an 11 fight win streak. Dana White confirmed today that Jose Aldo turned down a fight at 155lbs against top lightweight Kenny Florian in order to defend his belt at UFC 125.
UFC president Dana White today announced that Aldo – who by virtue of the pending UFC and WEC merger is now the UFC’s first featherweight champ – will defend his title against a yet to be named opponent at UFC 125.
Featuring a lightweight title fight between current UFC champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard, UFC 125 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
White says Aldo’s opponent has yet to be determined, but he believes the Brazilian featherweight could use the new stage to become an MMA superstar.
“This kid could be a huge star,” White said. “[WEC fighters] are finally on the biggest stage in the world now.”
Potential opponents for Aldo include Canadian veteran Mark Hominick (19-8 MMA, 3-2 WEC), who recently picked up his third consecutive WEC win with a split-decision victory over Leonard Garcia at WEC 51, as well as Josh Grispi (14-1 MMA, 4-0 WEC), who takes a 10-fight win streak and perfect 4-0 WEC record into next month’s WEC 52 meeting with Erik Koch (10-1 MMA, 2-1 WEC).