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.
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