Jose Aldo expects Mendes rematch next, says Pettis talks more than he fights
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (24-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) recently spoke to MMAjunkie through an intepreter, where he discussed his possible move to 155-pounds, as well as a potential fight with lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.
“Anthony Pettis talks a lot,” Aldo told MMAjunkie. “He goes to the media and says that he’ll fight me in any division, but then he knows that (UFC President) Dana (White) is not going to have him move down a weight because they want me to give up my belt. Also, I think he’s going to lose to Melendez, so then he’s going to have to move back a little bit, and our time to fight will have gone by.”
Aldo went on to say that he wasn’t shocked that Pettis found a new fight, but wishes Anthony would stop talking and getting fans excited for a potential ‘Super Fight’ that likely will not happen:
“I wasn’t that surprised because the UFC had told me that Pettis would take a while to come back and that with his knee, we didn’t really know when he was going to fight,” Aldo stated. “I was prepared for that possibility. Now I’m going to have to wait for ‘TUF’ and see what happens.
“Pettis likes to talk a lot, but he does very little. So for right now, the plan is for me to stay at 145 pounds and defend the belt because obviously Pettis is going to be on ‘TUF.’ He’ll have all that time while he’s shooting the show, and he already has a fight scheduled with Melendez, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
As for who Aldo will defend his title against next, the champ believes that a Chad Mendes rematch is likely in his future:
“It was between Cub and Chad, and I already knew that, but they scheduled the fight for Cub. But for me, it doesn’t matter. I fought Chad before, and he’s as good of a competitor as any. I’ve also fought Cub, so for me it’s the same. Both of them earned it. Chad made it back to the top, so he deserves it.”
“Scarface” wouldn’t speculate on a potential date for the rematch, but did say he will be ready when the UFC calls him:
“I’m already training, and I’m already thinking about the fight, so it’s up to my trainer, [Andre Pederneiras],” Aldo said. “Whenever they decide to put on the fight, I’ll do it.”