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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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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