Former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo suffered a split decision loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC 245, with that bout serving as Aldo's UFC Bantamweight Division debut.
Despite suffering a defeat at the event, a shot at the UFC Bantamweight Title could be in Aldo’s future.
“Henry Cejudo texted me tonight and said, ‘That’s bull(expletive). He didn’t lose that fight. He won that fight, and I want to treat him like he did,'” White said at the UFC 245 post-fight news conference (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “He wants to fight Jose Aldo. I don’t hate it. I don’t hate it. Cejudo is the man right now. If you look at what Cejudo has accomplished, if he says, ‘I want Jose Aldo. I think Jose Aldo won’ … I think Jose Aldo won the fight. Most of the room thought he won. If he wants Jose Aldo next, we could do it. I don’t have a problem with it. I’m sure people would want to see it.”
It is a rarity for a fighter to get a shot at UFC gold coming off of a defeat, plus as far as Aldo goes, a record of 2-4-0 has been posted by the former champion in his last six bouts. If Aldo were to get the title shot and beat UFC Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo, it would make him just one of a handful of fighters to win two UFC titles in two different weight classes.