WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo said today that he may have a fight lined up for a yet-to-be announced January event. The event would likely be WEC 54 and take place in Phoenix, Arizona.
The possible oppenent’s trainer, Shawn Tompkins, reports his fighter is still in a cast and recovering from a broken hand. However, Tompkins goes on to say that if the unnamed fighter is cleared by an orthopedic surgeon the bout could be scheduled within the next few weeks. The WEC has already tentatively scheduled the bout.
Who is Aldo’s next potential opponent?
Mark Hominick… anti-climactic, right?
Hominick is coming off of a split-decision victory over Leonard Garcia at WEC 51 in September. “The Machine” used his crisp, technical striking to outpoint the wild, looping haymakers of Garcia. He has put together four straight victories to earn the title shot.
This possible bout just goes to show the lack of competition for Aldo in the WEC. While this is MMA and anything can happen, it is hard to paint a picture that would result in a Hominick win.
It is also possible that Josh Grispi could be Aldo’s next challenger, but is that really any more exciting?
The most reasonable next move for Aldo would be to jump up in weight class and venture over to the UFC to take on some of the top 155-pounders in the world. There is no question Aldo is a top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, so he may as well test himself and put on some fights that people actually want to see.
As it turns out, Aldo may not be too far away from taking on that challenge — the same goes for some of the other top WEC stars. I will leave you with this little teaser from UFC president Dana White:
“From what I’m hearing, Aldo’s interested in testing himself. There’s some interesting fights with those guys (in the WEC), so we’re working on putting those together. We’re working on a lot of things right now that we’ll be announcing in the next couple of months.”