Anthony Pettis asked, and now he will receive UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo this August. The bout will take place at featherweight and will take place on an as-yet-unnamed event. USA Today first broke news of the bout.
The bout will pit two of MMA’s most dynamic strikers against each other. Both fighters are coming off impressive wins in their last bouts, with Aldo defeating former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Pettis destroying rival Donald Cerrone.
Said UFC president Dana White:
“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.”
White also announced that, while a venue is yet to be named, sites in Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Rio de Janeiro are all under consideration.
News of this bout will no doubt frustrate Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung, who were both eyeing Aldo’s belt, but this announcement all but sets up a matchup between the two fighters.