These aren't the kinds of posts I usually write, but an idea struck me and I thought I'd put it out there for discussion.
Although calls for a superfight between GSP and Anderson or Jon Jones and Anderson have petered out recently, due to GSP's knee injury and the attendant opening of the welterweight division on the one hand and the reemergence of Chael Sonnen as a title challenger on the other, that doesn't mean that there isn't a viable superfight out there. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo.
If there's ever a time to make this fight, it's right now. Is anybody (the UFC brass included) really all that excited about the prospect of seeing Aldo vs. Hioki? Well, assuming he beats Palaszewski, he's just about the only viable option, other than a still-too-green Erik Koch or the KZ-Poirier winner; the last fight is still three months away, and I'd make the argument that the winner still needs another fight after that, not so much for the sake of credibility but because they both desperately need the time to further develop their skills.
The best part of this idea is the fact that it works regardless of whether or not Frankie beats Bendo in two weeks. If he wins, there's no immediate contender for a lightweight shot; the best bet is the Diaz-Miller winner, and again, that fight is still almost three months away. Frankie could easily meet Aldo at a catchweight of 150, given Aldo's firm lack of intention to move to LW in the near future.
Alternatively, if Bendo wins, the calls for Frankie to drop to 145 (which have been voiced by Dana White, the most important opinion of all) will come again. In this scenario, Frankie's status as a former champion with three title defenses under his belt (the Maynard draw still counts as a defense) along with the idea that 145 is a more natural weight class for him could catapult the diminutive fireplug into an immediate title shot at FW.
I don't feel like I need to go into much depth on exactly why this fight would be awesome for the fans. For the UFC, however, it offers a number of benefits. First and foremost, it could draw significant media and casual fan interest to the lighter weight classes overnight. This has been a work in progress since the absorption of the WEC, and while Aldo's doing his part - kneeing Mendes' head into the fifteenth row and then running into the crowd to look for it - it would be tough to sell Hioki as a real challenger. Second, it offers the possibility of significantly increasing the profile of both underappreciated champions. It seems pretty clear after the subpar PPV buy rates of 136 and 142 (both roughly 225,000) that neither Aldo nor Edgar is a proven draw on their own, or even fighting on the same card. This leads directly into the third benefit: this fight, especially with a strong co-main, could finally catapult Aldo, Edgar, or both into real stardom with the attendant financial benefits to the UFC.
In my view, this is a win-win proposition. It gives both LW and FW a chance to sort out the chaff from the real challengers and gives the UFC another big-money fight for the summer, along with the possibility of establishing Aldo, Edgar, or both as real PPV draws. What do you all think?