Pettis: Drop to featherweight only temporary

 

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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FixedPartialArts site profile image  

5/3/13 8:22 PM by FixedPartialArts

I forgot to mention - who the hell is Pettis holding up in the FW divison?KZ, coming off a long layoff and only beating Hominick and Poirier?Lamas? Few want to see him fight for the title. That fight would sell horribly. And the guy eeked out the Hioki win in unimpressive fashion, then was losing until Koch fell.Swanson, who lost to Lamas during his streak?Mendes, after getting KO'ed by Aldo, then beating Yaotzin Meza, Cody McKenzie, and Darrin Elkins?Edgar, getting another rematch?He is holding back nobody. The FW contenders need that July 6th card to build themselves as viable challengers.

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5/3/13 8:13 PM by I_Bungalo_Baboo_Babies

This will be the first fight I bet on, I really feel Pettis has this

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5/3/13 8:11 PM by FixedPartialArts

There are a lot of clueless people posting in this thread.If only we knew then what we know now, our decisions would be almost perfect. When he called out Aldo, in early February, he didn't know the fight would take until August to put together. Everybody in the public was surprised at the date, so why don't you think Pettis was too? He doesn't have most control over it. It's incumbent upon what the UFC and Aldo want too. Also, he was concerned he wouldn't be next in line after Melendez got his first shot. 2 rematches had delayed title shots he was promised before, and he expressed concern Aldo would all of a sudden decide he wanted to finally move up and challenge for the 155 lb title, being another guy who moved ahead of him. So he took his sure shot at 145, and took control over his own destiny of Aldo moving up ahead of him at 155.Those who think Pettis is forced to fight at 145 after this, get real. Fighters can compete in whatever division they feel comfortable. The organization doesn't have control over that. They only have control over whether fighters get title shots. But if Pettis moved back to 155, how big of a joke would Bendo be as a champ if he fought different guys? He already has the stains of the should be Edgar loss and 50/50 vs. Melendez. Now he's not fighting a guy out there who: a. beat him semi recently, b. is on a 4-fight win streak which includes multiple demolitions, and c. beat the #4 p4p. Bendo would be a massive joke, paper champ.So here are the most likely scenarios if Pettis wins: a. he moves up immediately to win titles in 2 divisons, or b. the UFC is forced to offer Pettis a shitload of money to stay at 145 and continue defending (is it worth it to them over making a marketable Bendo/Pettis rematch? They only need to keep up the charade that the FW title fight means something until it happens). Either way that's a favorable situation.It's pretty simple. If Pettis wins, then it was a great move. If he loses, it was a terrible move. You're not being honest or realistic if you think either scenario could reasonably happen. Both fighters are a threat to the other. We'll have to wait until August 3rd to see how it plays out.

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5/2/13 11:15 AM by Microsoft Windows 8

Pettis Aldo is a super fight that actually makes sense

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5/2/13 11:13 AM by BigWilliam

I like the fight and I want to see it. I just don't see the point of giving a title fight to someone that keeps saying they don't want to stay in the division. Now if he clarified and said winning the title would keep him there to defend that's something else. He was definitely in line for a LW shot, and I have not problem with him deserving a FW shot. But only if he sticks around to defend it if he wins.

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5/2/13 11:10 AM by Combat Corner

To the people who don't think Pettis deserved a shot at 155 title your dumb. He just demolished Cerrone & Lauzon who were top 5 at the time. Devastating 1st round finishes. He already has beat the current champ and his loss to Guida was horrible to watch but he hardly got "BEAT", but lay and prayed. His decision to fight Aldo who is #2 PFP is a huge challenge and the rewards will be great if he succeeds. Regarding those who say it's a "bad career move" taking the biggest fights possible vs. the best competition is bad? No matter what the fight is going to be fireworks and will be good for his career.Ya'll musta forgot... Chael Sonnen lost at Middleweight to then get an immediate Title shot at lightheavyweight. The UFC is in the business of selling PPV's and Anthony is one of the guys who can sell a fight based on the fight which is more valuable than a fight that has to be PR hyped for months to get attention.

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5/2/13 10:55 AM by da Vinci 81

Where are you people getting he's not going to defend it from?? How do you misinterpret the word temporary as meaning he's immediately moving back to LW win or lose after this?For all we know he could be planning to stay at FW for a few years or more defending the belt and then move back up.

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5/2/13 10:42 AM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

My first thought when I read it.

BigWilliam site profile image  

5/2/13 10:40 AM by BigWilliam

It doesn't make much sense to give a title fight to someone that has said he won't defend it if he wins.

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5/2/13 10:35 AM by epwar

Pettis logic: "I couldn't wait until August for the winner of Benson/Gilbert, so I took a fight against Aldo in August instead."