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Aldo Gets Shot At Lightweight Title With Win Over Pettis | UFC NEWS


Shortly after it was revealed that UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo was refusing to fight Anthony Pettis, the tables turned, and the match was solidified for August 3rd.

After much speculation on what had caused the change of mind, Brazil’s Tatame.com got ahold of Aldo, who explained his demands. Because Frankie Edgar and Pettis both received title shots in their featherweight debut, he felt it was only fair that he receive the same, if he is victorious against the division’s number one contender.

UFC President Dana White agreed and everything was set.

There are no details addressing if Aldo would have to vacate the belt at 145 or not. In addition, the move to lightweight may not even be permanent.

On August 3rd, Jose Aldo will try to take out Anthony Pettis before winning lightweight gold and joining the likes of Randy Couture and BJ Penn.

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11 Comments to Aldo Gets Shot At Lightweight Title With Win Over Pettis | UFC NEWS

  1. korean jesus says:

    sounds good to me

  2. The natural says:

    Nice the guy deserves it he will be the next two divisional champ behind Bj and couture

  3. Sasquatch says:

    I take back all the “Aldo is scared!” comments (I still think his nuthuggers are though)… he’s SMART is more like it. I’m pumped this fight is a go.. all of us as MMA fans are in for a treat!

    • korean jesus says:

      saul good. a lotta people talk out their ass at times, whether it be jokes or trash talk.. im guilty of it. as long as you can recognize and decipher what’s real, and what’s not. but you’re absolutely correct in regards to us MMA fans and that we’re in for a treat!

  4. Hypocrite says:

    Everything he said about how others in his division deserve the title shot, because they have been waiting in line has flown out the window…but it is ok with him to cut in line, in front of the 155 pounders, should he win against Pettis….

    • unbelievable says:

      In my opinion it seems like he is doing this to prove a point.. if others are getting to cut in line from other weight classes for his title then he’s gonna do the same and see how they like it. I agree with Jose, I was really hoping to see Cub face him for the title.

    • Not You says:

      Pettis was considered the top contender at 55 after Gil. If Aldo beats Pettis then that’s a win over the number one contender at 55 under his belt right there. Not to mention a win over the man who holds a win over Benson.

  5. BringFitchBack says:

    This is nothing but saving face with the fan base. Aldo had a hissy-fit because they want a bigger pay cut. Good for Aldo getting a guarantee on his contract for this fight. Hopefully, he and his manager are smart enough to get a win OR lose clause. But really, you think that if Aldo beats Pettis and he wants to fight the champ at 55 that Dana would say no???!! Come’on now… But yah, he is being hypocritical doing exactly what he was complaining about. Gimme a break!!

  6. Jay says:

    None of this is going to be irrelevant on August 4th because Anthony Pettis is going to be the featherweight champion. I am not ignorant to how talented and dangerous Aldo is, not at all. I just believe that this is a terrible match-up for Aldo. Anthony is longer, more technical with his striking, and I also think that his gas tank is better. Oddly enough it’s not because I think that his is so great because we haven’t seen him go deep into fights in a while, but more because I have seen deficiencies in Aldo’s stamina when he is taken past the 2nd round. He is not nearly as technical or nearly as sharp in the final three rounds. it is what allowed Edgar and Hominick to take rounds from Aldo in the later rounds of their title fight. I think that Pettis is going to catch him with something big in either round 4 or 5, simply by being more techincal and more active.

    • Scotty says:

      But this what you forget… Aldo DOMINATES the first few rounds so when it comes to the 4th and 5th he can lose those rounds and still come out the winner. Nobody has come out and dominate him in the beginning of the fight.. But also this could be a bad match up for Pettis.. Aldo some of the best stand up skills in the UFC not just FW division.. He is smart, he can use his strong jab and kicks to set things up.. Reason I think this is a great match up cause its going to test each others skills..

  7. Doc9 says:

    I think part of what is causing the rift is the way that this whole Pettis v. Aldo challenge came about… Dana White and Pettis texting like buddies and then Dana basically dropping the shit during Aldo’s post-win press conference against Edgar. The poor guy hadn’t even wiped the last drop of sweat off of his brow from the fight. It was like… “Fuck your win, get ready because my buddy Pettis wants to fight you.” Was pretty inappropriate. If I was Aldo, I’d be like “Well, fuck Pettis and fuck you too” too. That’s just poor sportsmanship and bad psychology.

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