While Anthony Pettis will make his first title defense against Josh Thomson on December 14th, featherweight champion Jose Aldo evidently hasn’t forgotten about the lightweight champ’s call out at UFC 164. Of course, since the two were scheduled to fight at UFC 163 as well, clearly Aldo and Pettis are both down for a super fight. The big question now is at what weight?
When Pettis initially said he wanted to fight Aldo next, after he tapped out Benson Henderson on Augusst 31st, Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras welcomed the fight but only if it was at 145. Now Aldo has relayed he offered to move to 155 to fight Pettis, but that the UFC and Pederneiras shot down the idea…for now (comments via MMA Fighting.com).
“Many people talked about moving up (to 155 pounds), and I’ve asked for that,” Aldo said. “But Andre (Pederneiras, his coach) and Dana (White) said it wasn’t the right moment. Moving up to lightweight is closer and closer. When they think it’s time to move up, I’ll do it no problem.”
“Many fans talked about it, and we’re waiting to do this super fight. But they matched him (against Josh Thomson),” he continued. “If it was up to me it would have already happened at any weight. I’m an employee and I don’t see any problem with that. I wanted (to fight Pettis) at 155 pounds, of course. He has his title and he wouldn’t be able to steal mine (laughs).”
There’s no question that would be a massive fight, not only because of the champion versus champion angle, but because of each fighter’s ridiculously entertaining and vicious skill set. Of course, at 155, Pettis still has to get through Thomson, and then TJ Grant’s also waiting in wings. For Aldo, there’s also several contenders waiting for a shot, including Ricardo Lamas, Cub Swanson and Chad Mendes (if he beats Nik Lentz). So, Aldo-Pettis has some hurdles to clear yet, but maybe it will materialize in 2014?
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