When Anthony Pettis learned that he was the number one contender, but would have to wait for the winner of the Henderson vs. Melendez bout, he did the best next thing and dropped to featherweight for an immediate title shot against Jose Aldo. However, Pettis explained that the drop in weight class would only be temporary:
“A lot of things led to my cutting down to 145,” the former WEC lightweight champ Pettis told The Post when he was in Manhattan last week promoting Metro PCS. “I was tired of waiting for a 155 pound title shot."
The waiting Pettis is referring to has a lot to do with the current logjam in the UFC’s lightweight division. The 155-pound belt has been marred by constant rematches between Henderson and Frankie Edgar. Before that, it was the saga of Edgar and Gray Maynard for the lightweight title. And before that, we had two fights between then-UFC champ BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar.
So essentially we’ve had three or four guys who have been re-matching each other back to back for about three years, leaving no room for new contenders or challengers.
“It’s not a permanent weight cut (to featherweight),” Pettis admits. “But a striker like myself and Aldo, it doesn’t really matter what weight class it happens at. It’s going to be fireworks either way.”
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