UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis was one of the numerous individuals whose eyes was trained on a television screen this past Saturday night, watching featherweight champion Jose Aldo emerge victorious at UFC 163 after securing a strike-based stoppage over Chan Sung Jung. Of course, were it not for an untimely knee injury suffered a few months back Pettis’ perspective would have been very different, filling Jung’s shoes rather than those of a spectator.
While Pettis’ removal from the bout ultimately opened the door for “Showtime” to square off against 155-pound king Benson Henderson later this month, the 26-year old recently let it be known he hasn’t forgotten about the brilliant Brazilian.
“It was a dream fight for me. My injury was real and the UFC took me from the fight,” said Pettis to MMAFighting. “I hope to win my next fight and fight Aldo at 145 pounds.”
Aldo suffered a broken foot in his bout over the weekend and will likely be out for the remainder of the year while recovering. He has teased a move up to lightweight for his next fight though there are still plenty of challengers at 145 pounds.
The match-up between Pettis and Henderson is scheduled for August 31 at UFC 164. The two faced off before under WEC’s flag with the former getting the edge over a five-round rumble and earning a Unanimous Decision win.