The UFC has once again decided to schedule a championship clash featuring a contender coming into a new division, though this one isn’t likely to create the same controversy as those awarded to the likes of Vitor Belfort or Chael Sonnen. Rather, another super-fight of sorts is in place, as featherweight title-holder Jose Aldo will put his gold up for grabs against lightweight contender Anthony Pettis.
Pettis has been calling for the fight since Aldo beat Frankie Edgar this past weekend, citing an interest in not only furthering his legacy but fighting for a belt instead of waiting for the 155-pound to sort itself out.
According to USA Today, the fight will take place on August 3 though no specific location has been locked in. Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Rio de Janeiro are all said to be receiving consideration.
UFC President Dana White offered up a comment on the matter, adding obvious weight to the report, saying, “Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds. These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight!”
The 16-2 Pettis has thirteen finishes to his credit and is on a three-fight run including back-to-back knockouts of Joe Lauzon/Donald Cerrone. Comparably, Aldo is 22-1 with fifteen straight instances of success.
While the tilt has a ton of potential to entertain, left out in the cold by the UFC’s decision are deserving challengers such as Cub Swanson and Ricardo Lamas who have both put together a number of impressive wins at 145 pounds but lack Pettis’ mainstream credibility.
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