There was once a time when UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis were scheduled to meet.
That was at UFC 163, however injury to Pettis forced the fight to be abandoned. Since then, 'Showtime' has captured the UFC Lightweight title from Benson Henderson. Nonetheless, it hasn't stopped Pettis still campaigning for a fight with the Brazilian, even if he wants it at 155lbs.
Speaking to MMAJunkie on Pettis, Aldo said: "Anthony Pettis talks a lot. He goes to the media and says that he’ll fight me in any division, but then he knows that (UFC President) Dana (White) is not going to have him move down a weight because they want me to give up my belt. Also, I think he’s going to lose to Melendez, so then he’s going to have to move back a little bit, and our time to fight will have gone by.
“I wasn’t that surprised because the UFC had told me that Pettis would take a while to come back and that with his knee, we didn’t really know when he was going to fight. I was prepared for that possibility. Now I’m going to have to wait for ‘TUF’ and see what happens.
“Pettis likes to talk a lot, but he does very little. So for right now, the plan is for me to stay at 145 pounds and defend the belt because obviously Pettis is going to be on ‘TUF.’ He’ll have all that time while he’s shooting the show, and he already has a fight scheduled with Melendez, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
A fight between Aldo and Pettis would be superb. Both fighters have fantastic striking matched with a great Jiu-Jitsu game. The only thing that could prevent the fight is the weight issue. In all fairness, Pettis was once prepared to move down prior to him having the Lightweight title, so surely he should still be prepared to again.
The only thing that may make the fight happen is at a 150lbs catch weight. It take the argument away from the weight issue and if both fighters are fearful of losing on of their titles at one weight, it lets that factor slide.
The last time a super fight between two champions took place within the UFC was in 2009, were Lightweight Champion BJ Penn moved up to 170lbs to meet Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
Jose Aldo next defends his Featherweight Title against Chad Mendes at UFC 176, whereas Pettis has a stint coaching on The Ultimate Fighter against Gilber Melendez, before the pair meet.
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