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Anthony Pettis open to drop down to featherweight division, fight with Jose Aldo

It appears a top lightweight may be considering a move to 145 pounds and it’s NOT Frankie Edgar.

On this week’s episode of UFC Tonight, correspondent Ariel Helwani confirmed Anthony Pettis is thinking about dropping down a weight class to face Jose Aldo for the featherweight title.

UFC President Dana White nearly named Pettis the #1 contender to Benson Henderson following the 28-year old’s victory over Edgar for the lightweight belt last month before changing gears and giving “The Answer” an immediate rematch. Now, it looks like “Showtime” might take the same spot White offered to Edgar as enticement to fight as a 145-pounder.

“I spoke to Anthony’s manager just a few hours ago and he told me that he was really disappointed, but he respects the decision,” said Helwani of Edgar receiving a rematch before adding, “He would consider going down to 145 to fight Aldo.”

Pettis was the last man to defeat Henderson, claiming the WEC lightweight title from him in the process, but started out his UFC run on a sour note after falling to Clay Guida via decision in his promotional debut. He has since picked up a pair of wins, outpointing Jeremy Stephens and knocking out Joe Lauzon last month.


  • climbarock says:

    Meh. Don’t like the idea of Pettis moving down a division, even though Pettis/Aldo would make for a great fight. 145 would be a tough cut for him, no?

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Bad idea. If Pettis loses, it could move him even further away from a shot at Henderson, who he beat in WEC. If Pettis drops down and wins, then what? He stays in a weight class that entails one brutal weight cut after another. If it was me, I’d be patient, fight the winner of Edgar/Henderson II and drop down if I lost.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I’d like to see a catch weight super fight at 150 and call it a day… win or lose they both go back to there respective divisions.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’m in agreement, I don’t think that weight cut would be a good thing.

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  • I just want Pettis to decisively beat a real contender before we talk of him moving down to fight a champ or taking a title fight against Ben. Now that Frankie and Ben will rematch it looks like that’s excatly what’ll happen if he stays at 155. Matter of fact now that the winner of Miller Vs. Diaz has been given a title shot looks like he might have to win 2 straight….which is fair….after Pettis wins his next fight(whoever it may be) and Cerrone submits Lil Heathen, how about them fighting? That’s a kickboxing fans dream right there!

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    UFC is desperate for someone, anyone to drop to 145 to challenge Aldo. I get it cause Aldo is likely capable of beating almost anyone at 145 and prolly most if not all at 155 as well and UFC wants to use him and not leave him sitting and waiting.

    They should offer anyone at 155 who wants to drop to 145 and extra bump on their check to do it.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    The bump in salary should go to Aldo to move up to 155 and then the flood gate will open for fighters dropping to 145 for a shot at a vacant belt.

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  • MickeyC says:

    ya but I’m sure Dana is lovin it.

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  • MCM says:

    Couldn’t agree more Superdave. Love the Cerrone fight, but how ’bout Maynard. Both guys need a fight and it’s an easy sell to make the winner a contender.

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