Who’s Next For The Featherweight Title?


Jose Aldo is going to fight Eric Koch at UFC 149, but after that fight the featherweight division is very blurry. Aldo has run through his opponents, most recently Chad Mendes, and Koch is really the last fight for him. He could face Hatsu Hioki if Hioki defeats Lamas, but that may be the last fight for Aldo.

Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier aren’t ready for a title shot, but may be thrust into that shot if no one steps up to fight Aldo. The most interesting fight for Aldo at featherweight is Frankie Edgar, but Edgar still wants to stay at lightweight. Edgar has the wrestling and technical boxing to challenge Aldo, but needs to make the drop down. Something that Dana White has been begging for Edgar to do recently.

It’s not that the featherweight is a weak division, there just aren’t too many fighters that are ready to challenge for the belt. Dennis Bermudez looked great in his fight against Pablo Garza and nearly finished Diego Brandao at The Ultimate Fighter 14 finale.

Brandao is another great prospect, but another who isn’t ready. He has huge hands and outstanding jiu-jitsu, which he showed off by arm barring Bermudez after nearly being finished himself.

Currently the featherweight division is in limbo after Koch and Hioki, but it is a quality division. While Frankie Edgar may be the only fight fans want to see against Aldo right now, in one or two years there could be an influx of fighters ready to take the belt from the Brazilian.

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