Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis to fight for title in August


At the UFC 157 post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White revealed that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was refusing a fight with Anthony Pettis, who would be dropping down from lightweight for the first time.

In an interview with Tatame, Aldo clarified his stance.

Tatame: Dana White said at the press conference after UFC 157 Saturday that you won't want to accept the fight with Anthony Pettis. Is this true or will you accept the fight?

Jose Aldo: Nothing is signed. We are hoping for the best for us. I haven't talked to (my manager) Dede, I do not know how the case is. Not watched the event yesterday, because I was asleep, so I'm waiting. First I'll talk to Dede to learn is how the whole situation.

Tatame: The possibility exists that the fight be refused?

JO: This is very concerning, we do not know what is going on. It's a big fight that everyone wants to see, but first I have to talk to Dede.

Tatame: The UFC put Frankie Edgar in a superfight against you, and now want to put Pettis. Do you agree with this "stuck queue"?

JO: No. They created a ranking for not just that, but is not serving for nothing, because they're pulling people from other categories. This is only happening on my weight, I see it nowhere else. Everyone talks about superfights, but it never occurs in other divisions. We have to sit down and talk with the UFC to see a solution to this case. Why not put Anderson Silva against all others who are wanting to fight for years?

Tatame: Why do you think this is occurring at featherweight?

JO: Yeah (laughs), I do not know if there's any reason for it or not, but no matter. Whoever does not choose a champion opponent or location. We have to be ready at any time and that's what I do. I prepare to give my very best.

Tatame: Do you think other opponents like Ricardo Lamas, before Pettis deserved this chance?

JO: The fighter who deserves the first chance is Ricardo Lamas, because he beat Erik Koch, who was the next contender. He has earned the chance after the victory. Cub Swanson is one that is growing too large. They are athletes of the class, struggling for a long time for a place for the belt, which never arrives according to opponents of the UFC put up category. If the UFC wants a superfight, I do not see any problem. I fight whoever, but the belt has to be against Lamas or Swanson.

Tatame: So you believe that the fight against Pettis should not rely on the title?

JO: Not for me. As a guy will fight for the belt if he never fought in our weight? It is an injustice to others. Do not say no to me, because I'm the champion and I fight whoever comes, but it is an injustice because everyone is training, winning his fights, thinking about becoming champion. Meanwhile, someone comes up category, asks a chance and gives UFC.

Read entire article... (original Portuguese)

After all that was said, word now comes from White that the fight is going to happen.

Dana White @danawhite
Aldo vs Pettis is ON!!!!!

Dana White @danawhite
Yes Aldo vs Pettis and it's for Aldo's UFC 145lb title

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Damon Martin provides some further details.

Damon Martin @DamonMartin
BREAKING: Jose Aldo vs Anthony Pettis is on for August. Dana just spoke to his manager, deal is done.

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MasterofMartialArts site profile image  

2/27/13 12:03 PM by MasterofMartialArts

Holy shit, I'm scared.

fightharder site profile image  

2/27/13 8:38 AM by fightharder

They ''bought'' him plain and simple. He is definitely getting the lightweight titleshot if he gets a win against Pettis.   I think the Pettis vs Aldo fight is an awesome fight to watch. I also absolutely do believe that Pettis has a bigger chance then most against Aldo.   I really do not think there is anything in all the so called postering,Aldo getting angry at people telling him he is ducking Pettis etc etc. He was only swayed because he is getting the immediate titleshot in the lightweight division as well. So i guess he was not that principled but he was just annoyed that he was not enjoying the perks of the new match making process at Zuffa. Now i do not begrudge him for it but they only reason he is agreeing is because the bone held up before his face was to big to refuse.

UGCTT_ScarecrowRio site profile image  

2/26/13 4:40 PM by UGCTT_ScarecrowRio

Holy shit, they need to show this in the hype video

WrestlingSucks site profile image  

2/26/13 2:26 PM by WrestlingSucks

Hasnt Anderson Silva taught you ' aldo is scared" people by now? Saying a guy doesnt deserve a fight is not being scared.

Phil999 site profile image  

2/26/13 10:22 AM by Phil999

Jose is saying a title fight for Pettis is not fair to the other contenders in the weight class and is against it. He does not say he won't fight Pettis for the title. the translation distorts what he is saying.

Frank Gallagher site profile image  

2/26/13 10:21 AM by Frank Gallagher

Jesus christ

Phil999 site profile image  

2/26/13 10:18 AM by Phil999

wwe style of title fighting.

Hired Gun site profile image  

2/26/13 10:14 AM by Hired Gun

As if Aldo isn't scary enough now he's pissed. Train hard Pettis you'll need it.

Smellde Gluve site profile image  

2/26/13 8:14 AM by Smellde Gluve

Wow. I hope these 2 match-ups happen. Epic.

Herman Munster site profile image  

2/26/13 8:03 AM by Herman Munster

  Pederneiras: "I had a meeting with him today (Monday) and Aldo said: I'm done with this bullshit! They're saying I'm ducking him, now they will see who will be the one running when the time comes. If you like violence, buy the PPV for this fight, because that's what you'll going to see. Heads will roll.   Right after that, I called Dana to confirm the match, but with one condition: He will fight the LW champion after that."   Pettis is in for the beating of his life and will regret dropping down to 145.