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Jose Aldo defending belt in August against Brazilian backdrop

Anthony PettisThe last time UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo fought in Brazil he finished foe Chad Mendes with an opening round knockout and then proceeded to partake in perhaps the most memorable celebration in the organization’s history, running into the crowd to celebrate side-by-side with his countrymen. It now appears Aldo will have an opportunity to repeat the feat this summer when he puts his gold up for grabs against Anthony Pettis.

According to TATAME, Aldo will face Pettis in Rio de Janeiro on August 3. The card is expected to take place at the HSBC Arena.

Aldo is 22-1 in his career including twelve wins under the Zuffa banner. During his other-worldly run, “Scarface” has picked up victories over the likes of Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, Kenny Florian, Cub Swanson, and most recently Frankie Edgar. If he beats Pettis he is expected to move up to 155 pounds and fight for the title.

The 16-2 Pettis will be making his 145-pound debut in the match-up but will enter the bout with status as the lightweight division’s top contender. He has come out triumphant in seven of his last eight efforts with success against Joe Lauzon, Donald Cerrone, and champion Benson Henderson.

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