UFC featherweight Anthony Pettis spoke to UFC Tonight’s Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen about his recently announced August showdown with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Pettis laid out his motivations for facing Aldo instead of waiting out UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, his cut to featherweight, and his motivation for calling out Aldo to begin with.
Pettis on facing Aldo rather than awaiting the results of UFC on Fox 7:
“To me, Aldo is a tougher fight – that’s why I asked for it. He’s one of those guys who has gone through his opponents like crazy and he just beat the last 155-pound champ. Aldo is definitely a tougher challenge for me. I’ve beaten Benson Henderson once and I think I’m going to be doing it again soon, but right now Aldo is the guy on my radar.”
On cutting to featherweight:
“For me it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I can make the weight easily. The reason why I haven’t done it before was Erik Koch, who is a teammate of mine who was right up there for a title shot and I didn’t want to cross paths with him. After being at the fight, I thought it was the right idea to call out Aldo. He’s at the top of the division. He’s probably one of the best guys in the 145-150 pound range. For me, it’s just wanting to fight the best.”
On why he called out Aldo:
“The biggest thing is where he’s good at. He’s good where I’m good. He likes to stand and trade and bang, and I feel like I’m a little more well-rounded and I can offer him a big challenge.”
Be sure to stay tuned for more information on the August bout including a venue and official card name.