UFC Looking to Book Anthony Pettis vs Jose Aldo at 155

Published on February 2nd, 2014 4:00 pm EST

The Lightweight title situation is a bit of a mess right now, but UFC President Dana White has a solution - Aldo vs Pettis.

According to White, Aldo vs Pettis has "already been booked", and that Aldo will be moving up to square off against Pettis for the Lightweight title. There has been no indication as to when this fight may happen, but the July 4th card seems like a good fit, as Pettis has already indicated his intentions to fight on that card.

Aldo made another successful defense of his Featherweight title last night, methodically picking apart Ricardo Lamas over the course of the five round fight. Aldo has not really been challenged at Featherweight (aside from perhaps the Mark Hominick fight when Aldo endured a horrific weight cut), so the UFC is looking to move him up to take on some new challenges. Waiting at him at 155 will be none other than the champion, Anthony "Showtime" Pettis.

Aldo and Pettis were originally slated to fight in 2013 at 145 pounds, but Pettis was forced to pull himself from the fight due to an injury. Aldo is a very big Featherweight fighter, so moving him up to 155 pounds seems to make more sense.


Will Aldo drop the Featherweight title before moving up to fight Pettis? Will he move back down to Featherweight if he loses? These are questions that need to be answered in the months going forward. It would seem to make sense to move Aldo up to Lightweight permanently, as he has more or less wiped out the Featherweight division.

Aldo seemed to be surprised by the declaration that he would be fighting Pettis next, though Dana White and the UFC can be very persuasive when they want to be.


This should be an amazing "superfight" between two of the sport's top talents.

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