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Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis Booked for Featherweight Title Fight on August 3rd


(An off-the-cage superman punch? Huh. I wonder how he came up with that one… / Photo via Esther Lin @ MMAFighting.com)

Following Jose Aldo‘s unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, top lightweight contender Anthony Pettis reportedly sent a text message to UFC president Dana White saying that he’d like to drop to 145 and challenge for Aldo’s belt — and that was all it took to set up the UFC’s next featherweight title fight. White confirmed to USA Today Sports/MMAJunkie that Aldo will indeed make his next title defense against Pettis at an event on August 3rd.

“Aldo is a tremendous fighter,” said the stunt-kicking Roufusport product. “I have all the respect in the world for his skills. I just want to be one of the best in the world, and the only way to do that is to beat the best…I wouldn’t call him out if I didn’t really feel confident I could beat him…It’s a superfight, and I want to be a part of these fights.”

Of course, timing was clearly another consideration in requesting the matchup. Though Pettis’s recent destruction of Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 arguably made him the rightful #1 contender in the lightweight division, Gilbert Melendez already has dibs on the next shot at Benson Henderson’s 155-pound belt. And given how prone the lightweight division is to immediate rematches, Pettis could be waiting a long time for his opportunity. One title fight is just as good as another, right?

“Showtime” has won his last three-fights in the UFC, and will be the second fighter (after Edgar) to drop from lightweight directly into a featherweight title shot — a trend that probably doesn’t sit too well with 145-pound contenders like Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung. But again, timing is everything in the UFC, and Aldo vs. Pettis is a fan-friendly matchup that can be set up and promoted right now.

Aldo is currently riding a 15-fight win streak, with his last four earned in the Octagon. No other fights have been booked for the yet-unnumbered 8/3 show; we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, please shoot us your early predictions for Aldo vs. Pettis.

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Mr_Misanthropy- February 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm
*sigh*...I hope this marks the return of the "old" Jose Aldo, jr. (Probably just cursed him right there.)

He's going to have to fight with a little more urgency if he wants to shut down or even survive Pettis's onslaught.
dipsetkilla316- February 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Looks like we're going to have a new featherweight champion. Because IMO I think pettis's stand up is better the Aldo's, and neither fighter is going to take it to the ground. So I think This Pettis is going to win by decision, or ko. IMO I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF PPL THAT DON'T AGREE WITH THAT
Deadpanda- February 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Rankings are absolutely meaningless, even more so now that the UFC just randomly selects the '#1 contender' from outside of the weight division / promotion more often than not.

'But it's a fun fight' Shut up, most fights are fun you selfish prick, "oooh entertain me more, now entertain me even more!' These guys are fighting to put food on the table & all of the hard work they've been putting in amounts to horse shit when the UFC hand picks fights for their champs so that their PPV numbers are as high as possible (sounds like boxing). What happened to getting what you've deserved after the work's been done? Weidman, Lamas, Teixeira, Hendricks, and on & on.
painvelasquez- February 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm
God I hate fight politics.. Lamas and Korean zombie can wait their turn. I really think pettis is a better fight for aldo. And thank God edgar isn't getting a rematch. I have a pettis fetish so I want him to beat aldo fuk it if people hate he can just find the closest wall and showtime kick or knee da fuck out of any doubter..
El Guapo- February 5, 2013 at 11:36 am
Politics aside, this is gonna be a helluva fight!
SonOfSerbia- February 5, 2013 at 11:14 am
Pettis is a beast, that loss to Guida was bullshit...dude has lethal striking and watching him fight aldo is the muy thai wet dream of all mma fan boys. Im just pissed I have to wait so long, I forsee the victor moving up to LW and challenging the champ so they can solidify their greatness by holding the belt in two divisions.
phil-th- February 5, 2013 at 10:37 am
I would rather see also move up, make a run at 155, maybe fight pettis for #1 con
Rampages Conscience- February 5, 2013 at 10:23 am
Why the hell do we have to wait 6 months for this fight?

Come on OPIO... I love me some Edgar rematches.
stak- February 5, 2013 at 11:22 am
Maybe so Pettis has time to comfortably get down to a weight class he's never fought at?
OPIO- February 5, 2013 at 10:05 am
Just be thankful we don't have to watch another Edgar rematch.
Buster Hyman- February 5, 2013 at 9:54 am
? ?!!!!!! *pours our some soju for the korean zombie*
ArmFarmer- February 5, 2013 at 9:31 am
I don't get that mentality anyway. So a guy that's ranked #2 at a higher weight class drops a weight, and has to start at 0? Why? If you're a top guy you're a top guy, fluctuating a weight class here and there shouldn't negate all of your accomplishments.
Fried Taco- February 5, 2013 at 9:24 am
I think they call it a super fight, since he never fought at 145, so can't really be considered a contender. In other words, they can't say the most deserving fighter is getting his chance at the title.
ArmFarmer- February 5, 2013 at 8:54 am
What exactly makes this a super fight? I think Pettis gives himself a little too much credit. A contender challenging a champion is a title fight, not a super fight.
Pen Fifteen- February 5, 2013 at 7:39 am
So all of a sudden Pettis is Dan Henderson? If he loses to Aldo and still gets an immediate shot at 155, I'll shit my pants. And like someone else already said, this is stupid because Aldo is definitely a tougher draw. I mean, Pettis already has a win over Bendo. What the fuck is he thinking?
Fried Taco- February 5, 2013 at 6:38 am
Shit like this just gives Bellator more credibility.
As Good As Anyone- February 5, 2013 at 6:15 am
Somewhere, Ricardo Lamas is crying in a corner. No hard feelings buddy, these days you don't work toward a title shot, you talk your way into one.
siberski412- February 5, 2013 at 6:09 am
Aldo is a much tougher fight than Bendo. Respect Pettis for stepping up.
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