Mike Brown (MMA Record: 24-6, WEC Record: 6-2)
Aldo easily defeated Brown to win the featherweight title in a one-sided affair back in November of 2009. It’s difficult to imagine the former champion doing any better in a rematch with Aldo but there are a couple of factors that should be taken into consideration.
First of all, this is MMA and every fight is different regardless of previous outcomes. Now that Brown has dealt with Aldo’s unbelievable standup prowess firsthand he may come out better prepared for it in a rematch. This is such an unpredictable sport and Brown is intelligent enough to where he can make adjustments here and there to improve his performance coming off of a loss.
Chance of beating Aldo: 35%
Diego Nunes (MMA Record: 14-1, WEC Record: 3-1)
Quite possibly the WEC’s most underrated featherweight, Nunes solidified himself as a top contender with a split decision victory over Raphael Assuncao at WEC 49 and a decision over Tyler Toner at WEC 51.
A kickboxer and BJJ black belt, a majority of Nunes victories have come by way of submission. A decision loss to L.C Davis proved that Nunes can be controlled by an overwhelming wrestler, which Aldo is not.
But Aldo does everything Nunes does, and he does it better. Even on the ground, Nunes won’t have much to offer against the pound-for-pound featherweight kingpin. Nunes and Aldo are also teammates and may never choose to fight each other.
Chance of beating Aldo: 25%