If UFC featherweight Champion Jose Aldo beats Anthony Pettis on Aug. 3, it was reported on BJPENN.COM, that he would receive a lightweight title against the winner of UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (18-2) versus final Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (21-2). Henderson and Melendez will meet on Apr. 20 at UFC on FOX 7 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. A venue has yet to be determined for the Aug. 3 event.
Aldo (22-1) is looking for a 16-fight-win streak by defeating Pettis (16-2). UFC President Dana White said to FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” on Tuesday that if Aldo moves up a weight class, then he would have to stay there.
“He said that after Aldo beats Pettis, [Aldo] wants to move up to 155 and fight there,” White said on FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight.” “I said that was fine, but one of the matchmakers called and said there was a misunderstanding, that he wants to go to 155, win the title, and go back to 145.”
“That’s not happening. If he moves to 155, he stays at 155, and he holds that belt. If Pettis wins the fight, Pettis is going to have to stay at 145 and defend that belt a couple of times.”
Pettis, who normally fights in the lightweight division, has to drop down to featherweight to fight Aldo. Pettis is on a 3-fight-win streak. He won his last fight against Donald Cerrone via knockout at 2 minutes 35 seconds in the first round at UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson vs. Dodson last January.
B.J. Penn and Randy Couture are the only men to own UFC titles in two weight class divisions. If Aldo earns a lightweight title shot, he would look into joining them.Tags: Anthony Pettis, benson henderson, Gilbert Melendez, Jose Aldo, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news