Power Rankings: Featherweight
Wednesday, July 9
Following Anderson Silva's loss to Chris Weidman, Jose Aldo is currently the longest reigning Brazilian UFC champion. Depending on your view of things, he could be considered the only Brazilian champ (apologies, Renan Barao). That means a renewed focus on Aldo's status is coming ahead of his title defense next month in Rio. The 26-year-old featherweight is a man of many fistic talents, and though he didn't live in Silva's shadow, he certainly didn't enjoy the status he has now. Aldo's division is not lacking for contenders, which is a good because long-reigning champions must cope with the notion of becoming stale -- in their game and how they're perceived by the public. But he should be aware that with Silva's loss, and possible decline, Aldo is the new face of Brazilian champions in the UFC. That means a new level of exposure, expectations and pressures.