Dana White: Jose Aldo Will Fight For Lightweight Title If He Beats Anthony Pettis
by Adam Martin
It’s possible that Jose Aldo could make history before the year 2013 is up.
According to UFC president Dana White, who confirmed an earlier report by TATAME.com to MMAjunkie.com’s John Morgan, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will get a shot at the UFC lightweight title if he defeats Anthony Pettis this summer in a 145-pound title match.
Aldo is looking to join Randy Couture and BJ Penn as the only two-division champions in UFC history.
After White said at the UFC 157 post-fight media scrum that Aldo recently told him he didn’t think Pettis was deserving of the title shot and that the fight was in jeopardy because of it, the UFC president today told fans on Twitter that Aldo vs. Pettis have agreed to fight. TATAME said that Aldo changed his mind when the stipulation about getting a lightweight title shot sweetened the deal.
The UFC lightweight championship is currently held by Benson Henderson, who next defends his title at UFC on FOX 7 this April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Aldo (22-1) most recently defeated former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision to keep his title. Since joining the UFC, the Brazilian buzzsaw is 4-0 with wins over Edgar, Chad Mendes, Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick. The 26-year old striker has overall won 15 fights in a row including notable victories over Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, Mike Brown, Jonathan Brookins and Manny Gamburyan. He is considered by most to be one of the top-five pound-for-pound fighters in the world and if he can defeat Pettis he’ll earn the chance to make history.
Pettis (16-2) is the former WEC lightweight champion and is considered by most to be one of the top-three lightweight fighters on the planet. Pettis is 3-1 so far in the UFC with wins over Donald Cerrone, Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens and a loss to Clay Guida. The 26-year old is a fearsome striker and holds notable victories over the aforementioned Henderson, Danny Castillo and Shane Roller, among others. This will be his first fight at featherweight and it will be interesting to see how the weight cut goes for him the first time around, but if he looks and feels good at 145 pounds he has a real chance of defeating Aldo and claiming the upset.
There has been no date for Aldo vs. Pettis confirmed yet, but either way it will take place sometime this summer and is expected to be a PPV headliner when it finally goes down.
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