UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis turned heads this weekend when his name was brought up in connection with featherweight champion Jose Aldo. According to UFC President Dana White, the 16-2 Pettis contacted him shortly after Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 and said he’d be willing to drop down to 145 pounds for a crack at the explosive Brazilian.
Pettis elaborated on his position this week as a guest on The MMA Hour, explaining he was sick of sitting around while waiting for a title-shot in his current divisional home and confident in his ability to slim down without sacrificing skill.
“I’m tired of waiting, man. I’m just tired of getting passed up. Who knows what happens in the lightweight fight. Who knows what injuries are going to occur and how long that’s going to take,” said Pettis. “I want to fight for a belt, man. That’s the intriguing part for me. It’s another belt, and I don’t think the weight cut would impossible. I think it’s something I could pretty easily do.”
“I only cut like two pounds to make 155. I have a clean diet and I barely cut any weight when it’s time to get down to ’55. I mean, if my teammate Erik Koch can do it, I’m pretty sure I could,” he concluded.
The 26-year old is in line for a meeting with the winner of an April match-up between lightweight king Benson Henderson and Strikeforce star Gilbert Melendez. Pettis was in a similar position in 2011 but opted to take a fight with Clay Guida instead of staying idle, losing a decision and his top contendership in the end.
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