White: Aldo can go to lightweight, but has to stay there


On Monday it was reported that if UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo beat Anthony Pettis on August 3, he would receive a title shot vs. the winner of lightweight champion Benson Henderson vs. final Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez, who fight on April 20, at UFC on FOX 7. A win would elevate Aldo into the rarest air - joining Randy Couture and BJ Penn as the only fighters to take UFC titles in multiple weight classes.

There is a catch. If Aldo wants to move to 155, he has to stay there.

"He said that after Aldo beats Pettis, [Aldo] wants to move up to 155 and fight there," said UFC President Dana White on "UFC Tonight." "I said that was fine, but one of the managers called and said there was a misunderstanding, that he wants to go to 155, win the title, and go back to 145.

"That's not happening. If he moves to 155, he stays at 155, and he holds that belt. If Pettis wins the fight, Pettis is going to have to stay at 145 and defend that belt a couple of times."

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Grantman site profile image  

2/27/13 5:51 PM by Grantman

Thats funny, he didn't make Randy Couture stay at heavyweight or light heavyweight when he kept bumping around. Nor did he make penn stay at 170 after he won a title there....Interesting

ntreb23 site profile image  

2/27/13 5:01 PM by ntreb23

Are you kidding me? I understand that it's not good for the UFC if a fighter wins a belt in a different weight class and then leaves the division it creates an awkward scenario, but that's just too bad, deal with it. You can't make a fighter fight in a certain weight class. What are you going to do, cut the guy that just won two belts? LAWL

UGCTT_nightkap site profile image  

2/27/13 3:59 PM by UGCTT_nightkap

Aldo...Bendo....Pettis....man there's a lot of great fights there!!

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/27/13 3:46 PM by Macedawgg

Dana is going to cut a champion (assuming the fighter won)?  Why would a fighter need to make an agreement on weight--isn't that dictating weight?  Isn't the fighter/trainer in a FAR better position to judge what is appropriate regarding weight than the promoter? 

Doctor NPD site profile image  

2/27/13 3:03 PM by Doctor NPD

KingOfFighters: sharing his terrible opinion via shitty posts on internet forums since '01

awesomestprime site profile image  

2/27/13 2:17 PM by awesomestprime

There notBut if you want a shot at a belt an agreement would be made. If you broke that agreement Dana might break his..... and you fight for someone else.

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/27/13 2:12 PM by Macedawgg

I thought weights were not dictated? 

ThatKickDidntHuroooohhhhhhhh site profile image  

2/27/13 12:48 PM by ThatKickDidntHuroooohhhhhhhh

Is this a joke?

well rounded poster site profile image  

2/27/13 12:42 PM by well rounded poster

lol he wants his boy Frankie as champ again

cheesesteak site profile image  

2/27/13 12:41 PM by cheesesteak

Is it me or is Dana on a massive power trip? I have a feeling one day he might catch a severe beating from a fighter that has had enough of his shit.