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Aldo: Pettis cut in line for title shot; I might as well do the same thing

Former lightweight contender Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is set to face off with UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 163 this August in Brazil.

This weekend Aldo was asked for his thoughts regarding Pettis dropping down to 145lbs and receiving an immediate title shot, thus pushing aside contenders like Ricardo Lamas, Chad Mendes, Cub Swanson and Chan Sung Jun.

Here is what the featherweight champ had to say:

“I think it can be a valid approach, but not when someone drops from the weight class above to immediately challenge the champion.There are already various contenders within the weight class. If someone just shows up and immediately challenges for the belt, he’s cutting in line, and everyone sees that. I don’t think it’s fair. I think if you’re going to drop down, then prove yourself by first having great fights within the weight class, and then you’ve earned the right to fight for the belt. That’s how I think. But since we’re already booked, no problem. I’ll just go and win that fight.”

If Aldo¬†proves victorious over Pettis at UFC 163, he plans on ‘cutting in line’ himself:

“If everyone is cutting in line, I might as well do the same thing. I’d like to move up one division and have an immediate title shot. We took the Pettis fight with this in mind. It’s [set]. Exactly. We put that in (the contract). It’s black and white. When we accepted the Pettis fight, we brought that up right away. Since everyone wants to cut into our line, let’s cut into theirs too.”

“I like challenges. My life’s been nothing but challenges. It’s just another one in my career. Thank God I’m going through this. It makes me very happy. The next challenge is always the biggest. Pettis will be the biggest. After I’m done with him, there will be another. That’s my life.”

 

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4 Comments to Aldo: Pettis cut in line for title shot; I might as well do the same thing

  1. Edward says:

    Pettis is a damn good kickboxer, but I don’t think he knows exactly what he’s gotten himself into

  2. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    So Aldo will reign in two divisions.

  3. Dddddddd says:

    I’m an Aldo fan for funkin sure but I think Pettis in his own freaky way earned this shot. I was more entertained by the gamble and athleticism in Pettis’ hybrid custom moves than I have been for a long time. He obviously breaths,eats and sleeps this shit. There’s no doubt in my mind that anything can happen in this fight and to me these guys are like planets colliding. I think Aldo should be stoked for the chance to defend his belt against someone as creative and spontaneous as Pettis. They’ve both brought huge amounts of attention to the sport and deserve to fight each other and anyone that has invested half of the goddam money I have deserves to see this fight. I understand where Aldo is coming from but Pettis is the exception.

  4. 757 says:

    I actually really hope Pettis beats this guy

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