Earlier this week a report surfaced citing Anthony Pettis’ manager as mentioning his client was weighing a drop down to 145 pounds with the possibility of facing Jose Aldo in the near future. However, the UFC lightweight has since spoken out on the matter, making it clear he has no plans to fight outside of his regular division even though he’s physically able to.
“I’m not dropping to 145 to fight Aldo. 155 is my home and I’ll get that belt,” wrote the 15-2 Pettis yesterday to fans on his Facebook page.
Pettis’ representative, Mike Roberts, also clarified his position, adding on Twitter, “He could make 145 lbs but lightweight still has some unfinished business.”
The 25-year old has won six of his last seven fights including back-to-back bouts inside the Octagon. He also holds a victory over current lightweight champion Benson Henderson from their WEC days and was thought to be in line for a title-shot after knocking Joe Lauzon out at UFC 144. Now that former divisional king Frankie Edgar has received a rematch with Henderson and the winner of an upcoming fight between Jim Miller-Nate Diaz is confirmed as being the next contender, Pettis will go back to the drawing board in hopes of taking out another top contender to solidify his spot at the top of the contendership ladder.
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