Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight belt next on Aug. 3 against Anthony Pettis in what the mixed martial arts organization is dubbing another “super-fight.”
Shortly after Aldo defeated former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at Saturday’s UFC 156 in Las Vegas, the lightweight top contender Pettis texted UFC president Dana White saying he wanted to drop down to 145 pounds and challenge Aldo. According to USA Today, the UFC has decided to make the fight happen.
The promotion is seeking a venue for the event, with sites in Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Aldo’s home country — being considered.
“Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds,” White said. “These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight.”
Pettis was the last lightweight champion of the WEC before it was absorbed by the UFC at the end of 2010. He has twice been in position for a title shot, including now, but has been forced to wait while other matchups were scheduled.
Current UFC 155-pound champion Benson Henderson, whom Pettis defeated in December 2010 to capture the WEC belt, is scheduled to fight Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez in April. Even though Pettis, by virtue of his spectacular knockout of Donald Cerrone at last month’s UFC on FOX 6, ostensibly earned the next lightweight title shot, he does not want to wait for the outcome of Henderson-Melendez and is making the move to potentially earn a championship belt at a different weight class.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still want to go after the lightweight title later.
I’m not stoping my quest for the lightweight belt jus stuck waiting so y not cut a lil weight and take that belt 2… 2013 is my year!!!
Aldo had been considering a move to lightweight due to a lack of top challengers at featherweight. However, the matchup with Pettis will feature two of the most dynamic strikers –both show off an arsenal of highlight-reel kicks — and one that would surely be a big draw.
“It’s a superfight, and I want to be a part of these fights,” Pettis said.