UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has reigned atop the division since long before it was part of the UFC. He took the title from Mike Brown four years ago at WEC 44. He successfully defended the WEC title twice, before the merger with the UFC where's he racked up another 4 defenses.
Currently, Aldo doesn't have another title defense scheduled, but he's got a fight in mind. He was supposed to face now Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 for the Featherweight title. Now, Aldo says he's eyeing Pettis' belt:
"I want it at lightweight," Aldo recently said in regards to a potential fight with Pettis. "That's where his belt resides, so I can steal it. It would be better for me since I already have a belt of my own. My belt is already up on the wall at my home."
The possibility of Aldo at 155 lbs. has been discussed since B.J. Penn was the top dog of the Lightweight division. Since, the video was released of his difficult weight cut prior to his fright against Mark Hominick at UFC 129, the move up has been considered almost an inevitability and a welcome challenge to the elite of the division.
Before Aldo gets the chance at the title, Pettis will have to win his first defense against Josh Thomson at .UFC on Fox 9. Thomson earned his title shot with second round TKO of former contender Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7. He'll get the chance to fight for the title on December 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA.