Jose Aldo wants a superfight with Anthony Pettis for the 155-pound crown. As the media rained down questions on the defending featherweight champion, Jose Aldo decisively answered that question without much hesitation. “That’s what the fans want, it is what the company wants, and it is what we want,” stated Aldo.
Dana White, UFC president, had not much else to say other than, “We will work to make it happen.” This may make the move permanent to the lightweight division for Aldo, if he should happen to beat Pettis and win the title. He made it clear that he would be willing to vacate his featherweight championship to move up and take the fight.
Fans did not have to wait long to get an answer from Pettis, as White was quick to break the news to the media. Anthony Pettis sent a text to the President of the UFC saying he wanted the match up. This pairing in particular may make a few things very interesting in the lightweight division. Anthony Pettis has yet to defend his recently won title in his division. Many fighters in the division may have something to say about an immediate superfight scheduled with Jose Aldo, when then champ has yet to even defend the title to the current contenders in the division. The man Pettis beat to win the title, Benson Henderson, just won his first fight since losing the championship last weekend, and may clamor for another shot even though he has already lost two fights to Pettis. Other fighters like Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz are also waiting in the wings, with former number one contender TJ Grant, still recovering from his recent concussion issues.
Jose Aldo, on the other hand, is ready to finally make his leap, practically clearing all comers in his division. Aldo has made six title defenses in his division, amassing an astonishing 24 wins to only one loss on his record. He has stated many times that, in due time, he would finally make the move up to a higher weight division. Jose just wanted to make sure all contenders had their opportunity before he made the jump. Saturday night was not just a night for Aldo to rejoice in victory, his training partner and best friend, Renan Barao, also successfully defended his bantamweight title by technical knockout over Urijah Faber. All in all, it was a very happy night for the two Brazilians. They both came out with their championships around their waists at UFC 169.
With Aldo clearing the featherweight division and there being no clear-cut contender ready for Pettis, there may be no way of avoiding the possible fight. Pettis brought up the idea of the two fighting earlier last year, but no plans ever came to fruition since Anthony was still recovering from an injury. Nothing stands in the way for the inevitable now as these two look to square off in the near future. As Aldo stated, the fans want it, the UFC wants it, and now Anthony Pettis wants it. Jose Aldo has made the call out for the bout. The time is right for both parties to the potential superfight, and the UFC organization will likely be happy to finally have two title holders fight in a huge pay per view. It will now fall in Dana White’s hands to make this fight happen.
by Justin Huffman