Aldo believes he can hang with the boys at 155 pounds and wants a chance to move up and challenge for the promotion's lightweight title. He's just waiting on trainer Andre Pederneiras to give him the green light.
"It all depends on this fight," Aldo said through an interpreter. "My trainer, 'Dede,' thinks I'm not quite ready. When he thinks I'm ready to go up, I fully intend to go up. Once I beat Frankie Edgar, I'm sure that I can prove that I can fight one notch above.
"Certainly I believe that I'm ready, but 'Dede' believes that I'm still too young, and so he's keeping me back. But I think I'm fully capable of fighting one category above."
"I have made that weight once, and it has been a dream of mine to win three titles," Aldo said. "Nobody has beaten that record yet. Andre knows that's a dream of mine, but he controls my career, so it all depends. Someday I hope to achieve that. I'd like to make history.
"For a fight for the title, I could make 135 pounds. I'm not saying it would be easy. It would be difficult, but I think I could do it."
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