Anthony Pettis wants to drop for title shot vs. Aldo

Sunday, February 03, 2013

At the UFC 156 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White revealed that shortly after UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo beat Frankie Edgar in the main event, he received a text from top lightweight contender Anthony Pettis.

“Anthony Pettis texted me and he said, ‘I want to go to 145 and fight Jose Aldo,'” said White. “He just texted me 10 minutes ago. He’d go down, telling me he’d go to 145.”

White said he had not yet replied.

Pettis beat Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6, putting him in line to for a title shot at the winner of UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson vs challenger Gil Melendez.

White said if Pettis does drop, he is not sure who would get the next lightweight title shot.

For his part, Aldo is game.

“It’s up to Dana, but that is an interesting fight,” said the champion. “I train to fight the best and respect them all. Pettis is almost there with a title shot in his own division, but that would be an interesting fight.”