The prospect of a featherweight fight between UFC champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis left most fans salivating after the bout was announced earlier this month. However, things have since been put on hold after Aldo’s camp came to the conclusion Pettis didn’t deserve the honor based on the lightweight contender’s lack of experience at 145 pounds.
“It’s like if Aldo wanted to move up to 155, we’re gonna say he’s not the #1 contender? What are you talking about,” asked White rhetorically in response to the ridiculousness of the claim.
The outspoken executive continued on to say Aldo was open to other adversaries but was “absolutely refusing to fight Pettis,” adding a thinly veiled threat towards the Brazilian’s team in case they’d forgotten who was in charge of the company.
“No, that fight’s on – he’s gonna fight Pettis or he’s not gonna like how this turns out,” White coldly concluded.
The 22-1 Aldo is coming off a decision win over Frankie Edgar, also a former lightweight who hadn’t fought at featherweight before the bout. Meanwhile, Pettis has won seven of his last eight efforts and is currently on a three-tilt run. He and Aldo are tentatively scheduled for action in early August though this recent development could throw a wrench in those plans despite White’s present displeasure with the title-holder’s approach.
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