The much-anticipated bout between José Aldo and Anthony Pettis already has a place on the UFC calendar. The collision between the current featherweight champion and the former WEC lightweight title holder is scheduled to take place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 3rd, as the main event of the evening, as first reported by TATAME.
It will be the third straight time that Aldo is scheduled to headline a UFC event in Rio, where he lives and trains. The “Nova Uniao” product defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 142 on January of 2012, then being scheduled to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 153 on October before a foot injury forced him to withdraw. Aldo is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Edgar on February 2nd.
Anthony Pettis seemed to be well on his way to a rematch against Ben Henderson for the 155 pound belt before a text message from him to UFC president Dana White changed the course of his career. “Showtime” asked to be the next in line for Aldo after Edgar ended up defeated, and had his wish granted. He’s coming off three wins in a row over Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone, the last of which was on January 26th. It will only be the second time in his 18 pro bouts that Pettis will be fighting outside of his native USA, almost a year and half after his triumph over Lauzon in Japan.
However, the bout didn’t come to fruition right away, as Aldo seemed to be someway reluctant to accept it, as explained by himself a few days after Dana White publicly said that the fight negotiations weren’t going as planned. Shortly after, it was revealed that the UFC had agreed with one of Aldo’s demands: By beating Pettis, he would receive a title shot in the lightweight division.
“Aldo vs. Pettis” will go down on a to-be-announced event on August 3rd at the HSBC Arena, the same venue that hosted the first three UFC events which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Tags: Anthony Pettis, Chad Mendes, Donald Cerrone, Frankie Edgar, Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, Jose Aldo, mma, MMA NEWS, NOVA UNIAO, ufc, ufc news, UFC RIO, WEC