It is no understatement to say that the upcoming featherweight title fight between Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo has divided, confused, and outright angered many fans of the sport. It’s a fight that is all but guaranteed to wind up on your best-of-the-year list, sure, but it’s also Pettis’ first fight at featherweight, as well as Aldo’s second straight title defense against a guy who built his reputation in an entirely different weight class. It’s at this point that we’d normally reference Chael Sonnen vs. Jon Jones, the baffling randomness at which title shots are being handed out, the fragility of human life, etc. But we’re tired, you guys. Damn tired…*cries into shot glass* *drinks own tears*
And now, adding to the confusion is none other than Pettis himself, who recently stated in an interview with The NY Post that his drop to featherweight “isn’t permanent.” Uh….the fuck?
A lot of things led to my cutting down to 145. I was tired of waiting for a 155 pound title shot.
It’s not a permanent weight cut (to featherweight). But a striker like myself and Aldo, it doesn’t really matter what weight class it happens at. It’s going to be fireworks either way.
So to sum things up, we now have a natural lightweight with no plans of remaining at featherweight fighting for the featherweight title against the most dominant featherweight in MMA history, who will in turn receive a lightweight title shot should he beat the lightweight #1 contender in a featherweight title fight. Oh yes, and that lightweight/apparently featherweight #1 contender is also the last man to beat the current lightweight champ, who will instead face the winner of the upcoming fight between the #3 and #7 ranked lightweights. Who is the #2 ranked lightweight, you ask? That would be the guy currently fighting for the featherweight title.