UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo may not feel Anthony Pettis is a deserving title-contender but, according to UFC President Dana White, he’ll still be fighting him in early August with divisional gold on the line. The company chief’s tune is fortunately a different one than he was singing in recent days when it looked like the pairing could fall apart based on Pettis’ experience coming as a 155er rather than at 145-pounds.
White confirmed a clash featuring Aldo-Pettis was now officially inked, putting fans’ concerns at ease in an online chat where he explained the Brazilian fighter’s management had reconsidered their stance on the scrap.
The 16-2 Pettis is considered to be the top lightweight in line for a shot at Benson Henderson’s belt. However, rather than wait for Henderson to defend his championship against Gilbert Melendez in April, Pettis expressed interest in an outing against Aldo. Pettis has finished thirteen of the opponents he’s beaten including finishes of Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone inside the Octagon.
Aldo is coming off a decision victory over Frankie Edgar earlier this month. He holds an overall record of 22-1 with fifteen straight wins.
No date/location have been attached to the title-fight.
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