UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo just got done dealing with a former 155er in the form of Frankie Edgar, scraping by him in last night’s headliner at UFC 156 to pick up a decision win. Now it looks like “Scarface” could have another former lightweight in front of him when it comes to his next defense.
According to UFC President Dana White, Anthony Pettis has expressed interest in fighting Aldo rather than waiting for his title-shot 155 pounds.
“Anthony Pettis texted me and he said, ‘I want to go to 145 and fight Jose Aldo.’ He just texted me 10 minutes ago. He’d go down, telling me he’d go to 145,” said White last night at the post-event press conference.
Pettis is in line for a crack at the winner of an April clash between lightweight king Benson Henderson and incoming threat Gilbert Melendez. With six or more months of inactivity ahead of him, “Showtime” appears interested in remaining active after already sitting out almost a year between his last two tilts. The 26-year old holds an overall record of 16-2 with thirteen finishes and is currently on a three-fight winning streak.
Aldo was asked about the possibility of Pettis, labeling the potential scrap as “interesting” and made it clear the decision was ultimately up to his employers.
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