After Jose Aldo dominated former champ Urijah Faber for five rounds at this past Saturday’s WEC 48, Dana White stated that he was so impressed with the fighter, that he’s considering how high he would place in both the lightweight and bantamweight divisions. But Aldo is just waiting to see what will happen next.
“Who decides that are my bosses,” Aldo said.”I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me.”
After seeing how badly Faber was dominated, many fighters probably aren’t jumping at the chance to get into the cage with Aldo. Faber was so badly injured, he was actually unable to attend the post-fight press conference, but was instead taken straight to the hospital for observation. Aldo expressed his sympathy for Faber’s condition.
“Every time I step in the octagon, my goal is always to win, to finish fights,” Aldo said. “Unfortunately, sometimes the gus go to the hospital. One part of me is very happy that I won the fight. The other part of me is sad to see my opponent had to go to the hospital, not only my opponent, but any fighter. I’m one of these fighters. Any time one of these fighters goes to the hospital, it makes me very upset.”
Some fans criticized Aldo for not finishing the fight sooner, but one thing is for sure, Dana White was impressed. Aldo credited the fight length to Faber’s endurance and his toughness was the reason why he couldn’t end the fight earlier.
“Urijah was doing a very good job of covering things up,” Aldo said. “The only thing that kept landing was that low kick. I kept going into that hoping that he was opening up, but every time I would go in to try and do something else, he was covering himself up very well. You have to take your hat off to Urijah. He came in with a good strategy to protect himself. I don’t want to take anything away from Urijah Faber. He was a great champion, and he went in there and fought for five rounds. Some people would have quit. He hung in there and took all five rounds.”
Many MMA fans, as wells as White, feel that Aldo has already cleared out his weight division and needs to perhaps move up a weight class. And Aldo stated that he’s okay with any fight that the WEC gives him.
“I don’t pick my opponents,” Aldo said. “Whoever they put in front of me is fine. If it’s Manny, then great. Whether the guy is good, bad, ugly, it doesn’t make a difference. I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me.”
And Dana White feels that the fighter has plenty of options, as he called him “one of the best in the world.”
“There’s no doubt that he’s one of the best in the world, period, out of all fighters, not just his weight division,” White said. “He definitely should be on the pound-for-pound list. Urijah is one of the best in the weight division. Jose is just that much better.”