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Jose Aldo moving up to lightweight for title-shot if he beats Anthony Pettis

AldoUFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo was vocal in his opposition of Anthony Pettis receiving a title-shot, going so far as to say at one point he wouldn’t square off with “Showtime” based on Pettis’ past success coming in the lightweight division. While Aldo has since accepted the bout, it appears he did so with a guarantee in place making many wonder how sincere his earlier complaints about Pettis truly were.

According to MMAJunkie, UFC President Dana White has confirmed Aldo will move up to 155 pounds if he beats Pettis and challenge for the belt.

The 22-1 Aldo has expressed interest in lightweight for years, as have fans in seeing him compete in the division, but the final decision was always left up to his head trainer Andre Pederneiras. Though the bulk of Aldo’s experience is as a featherweight, it’s hard to doubt his ability to succeed there, already holding wins over a few former 155ers like Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar with another impressive victory potentially on the horizon in the form of top 155-pound contender Pettis.

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