UFC star Anthony Pettis established himself as a top contender at 155 pounds after knocking Donald Cerrone out in the opening round of a January fight. Though the victory set him up with a potential rematch against Benson Henderson for the belt, an opponent he’d beaten before, Pettis decided to roll the dice and drop down to featherweight for action against divisional king Jose Aldo instead of waiting for “Bendo” to settle an already-scheduled score with Gilbert Melendez.
Interestingly enough, to hear Pettis tell it, Aldo is the only reason he decided to risk his crack at the lightweight championship. The 22-1 “Scarface” is widely considered to be among the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA and currently riding a fifteen-fight winning streak, giving Pettis the potential to establish his own claim at overall superiority in the sport if victorious this summer.
“I wouldn’t mind fighting Aldo and moving to 155 right after that,” said Pettis in a recent conversation with Rebellion Media, making it clear his stop at featherweight is a temporary one to say the least.
“I wouldn’t stay forever,” explained Pettis of his plans beyond his bout with Aldo. “I’m gonna defend a couple times…but 155 is my home and I’m very comfortable there. I’m moving down for Jose Aldo, really. There’s nobody else at 145 who intrigues me.”
“I definitely want to fight Ben again,” he concluded on his desire to return to the weight-class he held WEC gold in. “I was the last guy to beat him and I feel like I’ve got what it takes to beat him again. I’ll just have to wait again. I’ve got Aldo in front of me and I’m excited for that.”
Pettis is 16-2 in his career with all but three of his wins featuring a finish. In addition to Cerrone and Henderson, “Showtime” also has also emerged successful in match-ups against Jeremy Stephens, Danny Castillo, and Joe Lauzon. He and Aldo are set to meet in the main event of UFC 163, set for August 3 in Rio de Janeiro.
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