Jose Aldo Says Dana White’s Promises Are Only Thing Holding Up Pettis Fight
It didn’t take much time after Anthony Pettis’ first-round submission victory over former UFC lightweight champion, Benson Henderson, for the world to begin clamoring for a super fight between Pettis and UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo (Pictured).
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Following UFC 164, the MMA world was focused on one fight. It wasn’t Anthony Pettis’ first-round domination of Benson Henderson to claim the lightweight title: it was the potential super fight between Pettis and Jose Aldo.
Speaking to UFC broadcaster, Joe Rogan, immediately after the fight, Pettis called for the Aldo fight.
“Jose Aldo, we got some unfinished business: [let’s fight for] my belt or your belt!”
Having already been slated to fight before at UFC 163, many fans have wanted to see Pettis and Aldo fight for some time. When Pettis was forced from UFC 163, it allowed Aldo to face Chan Sung Jung in a very exciting fight, and more recently, it allowed for Pettis to challenge and capture Benson Henderson’s lightweight title.
Of course, having both fought, Aldo and Pettis are facing some time off due to injuries. Aldo broke his foot in the first round against Jung, and it was announced post-UFC 164 that Pettis may have injured his knee. The new lightweight champion will reportedly have an MRI soon to be sure.
While that may put a delay on things, UFC President Dana White says that fight is going to happen.
“Here’s the thing,” White said in the post-fight media scrum. “You can tell 100% Anthony Pettis is willing to go wherever it takes. I know that Jose’s coach is saying, ‘Bro, he can come down here at 145.’ Because they think he’d be at a disadvantage, whereas I actually think he’d be at a huge advantage at 145. He’s big, strong. Either way, whether Pettis goes to Aldo or Aldo goes to Pettis, they’re going to fight.
“When you come out and make a statement like that, you make it look like your guy is afraid of him. You make it look like Aldo is afraid. And that might not be Aldo’s same opinion. It might be his manager saying, ‘This is what I want to happen here.’ But it makes it look like he’s afraid of Anthony Pettis, which already gives Anthony Pettis an advantage.”
Only the next day did Jose Aldo respond to White’s comments, appearing on Planeta Nocaute, a Brazilian TV show.
“I can fight Cain Velasquez if they want. It’s not up to me, I’m not the matchmaker. I want to fight, I’m here to fight. I train every day to destroy whoever they put in front of me. I’m not scared of anyone. They have two arms and two legs, I will do my best and win.”
Aldo then went on to assert that the real reason the fight has been delayed has to do with certain promises Dana White made to Aldo and his team.
“They forced us to do something and Andre [Aldo’s manager] wants something in return. I agree with everything Andre says, and I can fight anyone. Sometimes Dana says things that you better not pay attention. (Dana) knows he promised us things, and he knows he has to give us, so that’s why he says those things. We’ll see what happens.”
Of course, with both fighters buying into the fight, it seems like only a matter of time until we see them opposite the cage from one another. That all, however, depends on both of their physical conditions and when they can return to action.